Getting injured players, such as LB Daryl Smith, healthy is one of the priorities of the Jaguars' bye week. (US Presswire)

The Jaguars aren't going to re-emerge from their bye week as an instant Super Bowl contender, but there are several areas they can address during their off week to make more competitive going forward. 

Here's a to-do list for coach Mike Mularkey and the Jags:

1. Evaluate QB position

Benching QB Blaine Gabbert doesn't seem to be the direction Mularkey wants to go in right now. "No matter what is said outside, I think people inside know we are closer than anybody will ever write or say in the next two weeks," Mularkey told He should at least give backup QB Chad Henne a look with the first team over the bye week. Gabbert has shown little progress this season, and he was especially awful in a 41-3 loss to Chicago last week. He only completed 17 of 33 passes (51.5 percent) for 142 yards, no touchdowns and he threw two interceptions the Bears returned for touchdowns. 

2. Get healthier 

The Jaguars have a chance to get starting WR Laurent Robinson (concussion) and starting LB Daryl Smith (groin) back after the bye week. The OL has been banged up all season. G Eben Britton, T Cameron Bradfield and G Uche Nwaneri are among the offensive linemen who have been playing at less than 100 percent for much of the season due to various injuries. Reserve DE George Selvie (knee) should also have a chance to return after the bye week.

3. Open competition at multiple positions

QB isn't the only spot where there needs to be some position competition."It's going to take something, because the same thing is not going to work," S Dwight Lowery told the Florida Times-Union. "We can't keep doing the same thing." LG (Britton vs. Michael Brewster) is one competition that needs to be evaluated. The Jaguars also need to find more help from their WRs. Perhaps Cecil Shorts or rookie Kevin Elliott should move up the depth chart over veteran Mike Thomas

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