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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014
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"Bouncing around systems each and every year, you're not going to play to the best of your abilities if you're mixing offenses," Henne said. "I just think there's tremendous upside here. I'm not saying we're going to go out and make the playoffs, but we have strong goals and a strong foundation here. If we play to the best of our ability, we're going to be successful."

The Jaguars tried to land another huge offensive building block two weeks ago by signing Cleveland center Alex Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet. The Browns matched it almost immediately, preventing the two-time Pro Bowler from joining Jacksonville.

"We felt like we had a great opportunity in front of us," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "I think it goes along with our philosophy: We always compete. We might not be able to get him, but that's OK, let's take a swing, go for it and see what happens.

"It just didn't work out, but we're not embarrassed about going for it because I think we're always competing."

Jacksonville plans to add several offensive players in next month's draft, with some speculation that Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins could be the team's first-round pick.

With Jones-Drew gone, the Jaguars certainly could use an offensive centerpiece and new leader.

"We're asking everybody to step up," Bradley said. "That's the challenge for us all. I think that each one of them needs to challenge each other to be their best. That's the type of leadership model we want to follow: to help each other get better. I feel like if we can get 90 guys in our locker room that are challenging each other, then we're making great strides."

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