• Jaguars, Bortles in pivotal game on the road in Detroit


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars are in Michigan for preseason game number three against the Detroit Lions on Friday night.

    This is the most pivotal of the exhibition games and usually the best barometer for NFL teams because their starters play into the second half of the game.

    The Jaguars will take that approach with the exception of quarterback Chad Henne.

    The starting QB will play a quarter and a half before giving way to rookie Blake Bortles.

    The Jags want to see Bortles play with the first team offense for roughly a quarter.

    Bortles has been very good in his first two NFL games, but both have come against second-team players from the Tampa Bay Bucs and Chicago Bears.

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    This is a homecoming of sorts for Henne and running back Denard Robinson.

    Both played their college ball at Michigan, which is about a half-hour away from where the team is staying.

    Jags cornerback Alan Ball is a Detroit native, and right tackle Cameron Bradfield played his college football at Grand Valley State in Michigan.

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