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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Of all the things on Jacksonvilles lengthy to-improve list, starting faster is near the top of the list.The Jaguars were among the NFLs worst first-quarter teams in 2015. They scored just 35 points in the opening period, second worst in the league behind San Francisco.There were a number of persistent issues, including turnovers, sacks and penalties. Jacksonville also ranked 31st in three-and-outs, failing to move the chains on 38.3 percent of its drives. Throw in a mediocre running game, and the teams sluggish offense early in games was as big a problem as its porous defense.General manager Dave Caldwell did everything he could to fix the defense this offseason. He spent big in free agency and drafted several youngsters to fill holes on that side of the ball. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterback Blake Bortles, meanwhile, are still working to find a permanent fix to the slow starts.They will get their first chance to show progress Thursday night in the teams preseason opener at the New York Jets.You want to get in a groove and get moving, Bortles said Tuesday. It would be nice to not have to deal with a third down on the first drive. ... Its not a good feeling to go out there for the first possession and everybodys amped up and ready and you go three-and-out, and then you go and repeat and go three-and-out again.Thats what were trying to eliminate. How do we become consistent in moving the chains and being more efficient on third down and staying on the field?Olson talks about it daily and treats each of the 12 practice periods in training camp like the beginning of a new game. So the Jaguars are getting plenty of chances to work on faster starts, but the first real test comes against the Jets.We have to make the layups, tight end Marcedes Lewis said. Thats one of the things that were missing last year. We had way too many silly things put us in holes. And when were faced with adversity, weve got to be able to punch it in the mouth and keep going. That was our issue, too, last year. If something bad happened, the air was just out of the whole sideline and out of the ball. We cant be like that this year.It should help that the Jaguars have the majority of their offensive starters going into their second season in the same offense. There is no learning curve or transition period like during Olsons first season in Jacksonville.Bortles knows the plays as well as anyone. Tight end Julius Thomas is healthy after playing last season with a broken bone in the back of his right hand. The addition of Chris Ivory should bolster the running game. And with center Brandon Linder back from injury and Kelvin Beachum expected to step in at left tackle, the Jaguars should be better up front.All those factors could help the Jags get out of the gates quicker.Of course, then they will be concerned with sustaining it.Its not just about whether we start super-fast, Lewis said. We just need to play ball. In years past, if we didnt start fast, wed be behind and have no momentum and no idea how to get it back. Now, we have players. Lets just go out there and play ball and not worry about starting fast. If we do start fast, great, but you cant get too high or too low about it. Youve got to stay in that zone and be consistent, and I think well finally be able to do that.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale NFL Jerseys . -- Jakob Silfverberg is making himself right at home with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring four goals in his first four games. Saquon Barkley Jersey . 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The Western Bulldogs return on Saturday to the ground where they announced themselves as a reborn AFL force against Sydney.The SCG clash is this weekends match-of-the-round by some distance, with the Swans (10-3) bidding to go back on top of the ladder and the Bulldogs (9-4) aiming to bounce back from a heavy defeat to Geelong that preceded their last-round bye.If the Dogs are in need of any motivation, a review of last years round-five victory would do the trick.In one of their first games under then barely-known coach Luke Beveridge, the Bulldogs pulled off a superb four-point win that Bob Murphy called the best of his career.Assistant coach Rohan Smith says it helped mould the side into the fighting force they are today.It gave our players belief they were good enough. It was great for our players, he told AAP.No one thought we could come up and win that game. Our first interstate trip for the year. In the wet. A slog.It really did gel us together and projected our season.Talked about as flag contenders but currently eighth on the ladder, the Bulldogs have used the bye round to heal after a damaging loss to Geelong.Smith said five changes to their side - only one of which was forced - wasnt a reeaction to the 57-point loss but reflected the chance to return long-term absentees.ddddddddddddWill Minson, who hasnt played a regular-season game since round 15 last year, returns from the wilderness to replace Tom Campbell and share ruck duties with Jordan Roughead.Hes bided his time in the reserves and has been playing some good footy, Smith said.We just felt we needed a bit of a change and Will was ready. We felt Tommy needs to go back to the reserves and find something hes missing.Half-back Jason Johannisen (hamstring) is back after 11 weeks out and acting captain Easton Wood (hamstring) resumes after a month off.I dont think Ive seen (Johannisen) fitter. Hes done the work, Smith said.Hell play the role he did in the start of the year. He gives us great speed, great ball use and defensive one-on-one action.The Bulldogs also celebrate possession-machine Lachie Hunters 50th match, with Smith lauding the 21-year-olds season.Lachies been playing some great footy. He has the work ethic to play in all phases of the game ... were really happy with his game at the moment. NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys NFL China Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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