"He's understanding what we're asking, how to get completions, how to take shots", Hackett said.
Hackett said Bortles' ability to avoid and respond to pressure has been key to the Jaguars' offense throughout the season. We don't necessarily match up well with Cleveland, so we're going to have to play extremely well. If not, then Zach Banner is going to step up and play just as well as he did in the second half of the Detroit game.
Gipson added that Browns rookie safety Jabrill Peppers is playing out of position and he sympathizes with former teammates such as linebacker Christian Kirskey and running back Isaiah Crowell because in Cleveland they'll "probably never get the due they deserve".
While he regretted the "0-16" comment, Gipson stood by the others and several Browns felt he went too far.
Gipson fled the Browns after the 2015 season for a big payday in Jacksonville, this week's visitor to FirstEnergy Stadium.
"Another opportunity against a good football team. We just know we're going to face a good quarterback".
"You've always seen the athleticism out of him, how he can extend plays, move the chains with his feet", Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said Thursday. With temperatures expected to be in the low 30s and a 60 percent chance of rain or snow, the warm-weather Jaguars will have to deal with some unfamiliar external elements. I sleep in the heat; that's how I grew up. I think they're just a very aggressive defense. "Mentally, I'm trying to get my mind ready".
How do you slow Jacksonville's pass rush? "That's the first time for me. It's gonna be a lot of smash-mouth football, downhill runs". The Jaguars won the last meeting 24-6 at EverBank Field in 2014. Fournette is coming off the worst game of his brief career (33 yards on 17 carries) and tweaked his right ankle in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's 20-17 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.
SACKSONVILLE: The Jaguars lead the league with 35 sacks, which has raised Jackson's anxiety as he tries to protect rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. "We can't take them lightly because of what their record is", linebacker Myles Jack said. He sustained bruised ribs on a hard hit last week in Detroit when the Browns failed to recognize an outside blitz.
Kizer is a dual-threat quarterback who can make plays with his arm and his legs. "You have to be able to play for him".
Dede Westbrook, who will make his debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday, has put lofty goals in place. The 2016 Biletnikoff Award victor from Oklahoma was placed on injured reserve following core muscle surgery in early September, but has practiced the past two weeks and is ready to go.
The 23-year-old fared well in the preseason, reeling in 13 receptions for 288 yards and two touchdowns.