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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As expected, the Jacksonville Jaguars were announced as one of the two teams that will coach in the Reese’s Senior Bowl later this month.

Head coach Gus Bradley and the staff will coach the South team while Atlanta head coach Mike Smith and his staff will coach the North team. The game will be played Jan. 25 at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

This should be a huge benefit for the Jaguars (4-12), who have the No. 3 overall pick. Getting a firsthand look at some of the country’s top senior talent, as well as getting hands-on coaching experience with them, is valuable additional information that should give the Jaguars and Falcons a leg up over other teams.

"I think it’s awesome," Bradley said. "I think it’s a great opportunity. I did it one year and was part of it when we did it in Tampa and I think it’s great.

"It’s a great evaluation tool. It’s maybe better for us as coaches instead of sitting in our rooms watching tape over and over again. We can evaluate all aspects of the game. I don’t want to make a habit of it but as long as we have this opportunity we need to take advantage of it."

Coaching in the game should provide valuable insight into how each player handles himself in the locker room and meeting room and how well they handle being pushed at practice. The game plans will be stripped down and simplified, but it will still give the coaching staff a chance to see how quickly players can pick up and adjust to NFL concepts.

That’s especially important for the quarterbacks, which is the Jaguars’ most pressing need. Rosters won’t be released until mid-January but so far six quarterbacks have accepted invitations to play in the game: Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Fresno State’s Derek Carr, San Jose State’s David Fales, Miami’s Stephen Morris, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas and Georgia’s Aaron Murray. Murray will not play because of a torn ACL.

The Jaguars’ No. 2 need is pass-rusher and so far eight defensive ends have accepted invites: Georgia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochu, Auburn’s Dee Ford, Virginia Tech’s James Gayle, North Carolina’s Kareem Martin, Missouri’s Michael Sams, Arkansas’ Chris Smith, Louisville’s Marcus Smith, and Virginia’s Brent Urban.

This is Bradley’s second chance to coach the Senior Bowl -- he was part of a Tampa Bay staff that coached in the Senior Bowl in 2006 -- and he’s hoping the Jaguars do a better job of capitalizing on the opportunity than the Bucs did. Their No. 1 pick, Oklahoma guard Davin Joseph, developed into a Pro Bowler and second-round pick Jeremy Trueblood just finished his eighth season (he’s now with Atlanta).

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, whom the Bucs took in the sixth round, has been a backup for five teams. The other seven draft picks lasted three or fewer seasons.

This is the second time the Jaguars have coached in the game. Jack Del Rio and his staff coached in the game in 2009. Six of the nine players the team drafted that year are still active -- all with other teams. First-round pick Eugene Monroe was the lone remaining player from the Jaguars’ draft on the roster this season until he was traded to Baltimore a month into the season.

Offensive tackle Eben Britton (Chicago), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (Denver), cornerback Derek Cox (San Diego), receiver Tiquan Underwood (Tampa Bay) and running back Rashad Jennings (Oakland) are also still active.

Receivers Jarett Dillard and Mike Thomas and tight end Zach Miller are out of the league.

Get to know the San Diego Chargers

October, 15, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The San Diego Chargers have a difficult week ahead.

They beat Indianapolis on Monday night, then travel cross-country to play in Jacksonville on Sunday in what will be a 10 a.m. kickoff on the West Coast. Not exactly an ideal bit of scheduling, even if the Jaguars are one of the NFL’s three winless teams.

San Diego is coming off a 19-9 victory over visiting Indianapolis. Philip Rivers threw for 237 yards and one touchdown, Ryan Mathews ran for 102 yards and the defense limited Andrew Luck and the Colts to just 267 yards of total offense.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on CBS.

Here’s a look at the Chargers:

Record: 3-3.

Last week: Beat Indianapolis 19-9.

Coach: Mike McCoy, first season (3-2).

Offensive coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt.

Defensive coordinator: John Pagano.

Series record: Chargers lead 3-3.

THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON OFFENSE

QB Philip Rivers: He’s enjoying a bit of a comeback after throwing for 35 interceptions the past two seasons. He has 14 touchdown passes and is third in the NFL in passing yards per game (307.8) and second in passer rating (108.7).

RB Danny Woodhead: The free agent from New England leads the team with 73 touches on offense (37 carries, 36 receptions) and has scored three touchdowns. He is averaging only 5.6 yards per touch but is tied for the team lead in catches with Antonio Gates.

WR Keenan Allen: The rookie second-round draft pick has had back-to-back 100-yard games and has established himself as a player who’s tough enough to go over the middle, make a tough catch and take a pounding. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Allen has 23 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns.

THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON DEFENSE

S Eric Weddle: The Chargers’ 2012 MVP (as voted by teammates) leads the team with 42 tackles and has knocked down six passes. He is as dependable as it gets, having only missed four games in his seven seasons in the NFL. He hasn’t missed a game since 2009.

LB Manti Te'o: Te’o suffered a sprained foot in an Aug. 7 preseason game and didn’t get back on the field until the Chargers’ Sept. 29 game against Dallas. He has started the past two games and has 13 tackles in three games.

CB Derek Cox: He was Chargers GM Tom Telesco’s most expensive free-agent signing ($20 million, four-year contract) but has been a disappointment so far. He has 25 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception, but he has been given up too many big plays, including a 44-yard touchdown to Raiders receiver Rod Streater in one-on-one coverage.

ETC.

The Chargers’ 147 yards rushing against Indianapolis was the team’s most since Week 2 of the 2012 season. Mathews’ 102 yards marked the first time he had rushed for 100 or more yards since Dec. 11, 2011. ... The Chargers have started five different offensive line combinations in six games. ... After battling injuries the past several seasons, including plantar fasciitis, Gates is healthy and is second in the NFL in receiving yards and third in receptions among tight ends. He has 36 catches for 466 yards.

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