Posted July 27, 2014 08:15 am

Jaguars notes: Shorts out at least two weeks, Bradley pleased with attitude, Bryant handling heat

Once again, receiver Cecil Shorts is out.

Shorts suffered a hamstring strain in the opening practice of training camp on Friday. He missed Friday's session and will be out for at least two weeks.

Shorts has dealt with a serious of injuries in his previous three seasons in the league. He also missed time this offseason with a calf strain.

"I can't catch a break right now," Shorts said. "We just sat down and got a plan about how we're going to attack it. We're not going to rush it. It's going to take some time to heal. I was surprised when they said two weeks. I wasn't expecting to hear that."

The Jaguars will certainly take a cautious approach to Shorts, the team's most proven veteran receiver. There is six weeks until the season opener at Philadelphia on Sept. 7. The only way this setback would cost Shorts that game is if he re-aggravates it by coming back too soon.

"You've got to be careful with soft-tissue injuries," Shorts said. "You might feel fine, you come back too early and boom you're hurt even worse. So, I've got to take care of it."

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley didn't seem to be too concerned about Shorts not being ready for Week 1.

"I think it frustrates him more than anybody," Bradley said. "He really wants to come out here. It's a couple weeks. We trust Cecil so much as far as being ready mentally. He knows what to do. We'll have enough time so we'll be OK."

The 26-year-old Shorts led the Jaguars last season with 66 catches for 777 yards and three touchdowns. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Shorts felt the injury occur while running a 12-yard over route in drills with the quarterbacks outside of 11-on-11 team activity.

"I thought it was a cramp," Shorts said. "My legs felt awesome the whole day yesterday. On the route, I jumped it a little to catch the ball and when I came down I felt like a little grab. I couldn't tell if it was a cramp or a grab. Then, in 7-on-7 [drills] I couldn't explode like I wanted to, so they sat me down."

Bradley pleased with attitude

Sometimes players coaching players can carry more weight than something a coach says. Bradley is encouraged by how members of the defense and offense are working together.

Although the Jaguars have only practiced twice in camp, Bradley cited many examples. He noted defensive end Chris Clemons taking offensive tackle Luke Joeckel aside, as well as defensive end Andre Branch and offensive tackle Cam Bradfield and offensive guard Zane Beadles and defensive end Tyson Alualu.

"We talk about competing against yourself," Bradley said. "Not against your teammates, but within yourself. I'm seeing a lot of that taking place. There's a lot of talk between offense and defense and it's really cool. That's a display that they really are trying to compete within themselves. We're trying to help each other get better. If we can get 90 guys with that mindset then we're going in the right direction."

Bryant handling heat

Defensive end Red Bryant was the first to admit the Florida heat was rough on him as a free agent coming over after six years in Seattle. The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant struggled to get acclimated during the offseason program.

Bryant stayed in Jacksonville during the summer break and has learned how to combat the heat.

"I feel good," Bryant said. "I felt a lot better these two days than when I first got here during OTAs. I'm excited about the regiment that coach Bradley came up with. It allows me to maximize every rep."

Bradley said he hasn't seen any signs of Bryant having trouble with the heat so far and added that he's doing good.

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