Ready for another showdown Jacksonville fans?
Here is the latest edition of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as Jaguars 101 breaks down the best and worst moments from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 15-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.
1. The Front Four- Terrance Knighton was dominant in his first preseason contest after missing time early in training camp because he was out of shape. Knighton demanded double-teams and collapsed the pocket against a fairly talented Atlanta team. He looks like he’s in tip-top shape now. Jeremy Mincey fed off Knighton’s presence and was able to pressure Matt Ryan four times on the evening.
2. Special Teams- Josh Scobee went 3-of-3 on field goals Friday, including 54 yarder. The kickoff return unit was solid too, averaging nearly 30 yards on three returns. Matt Turk redeemed himself by placing two punts deep inside the 20 while also logging a 54-yard punt. And Jamar Newsome made a tereffic hustle play to recover a fumble on a kickoff return.
3. Luke McCown- The third-string quarterback got it done on Friday, completing eight of nine passes and throwing for the team’s first touchdown of the preseason. His play showed that he is more than capable of being a solid backup if the team decides to go with rookie Blaine Gabbert.
1. Red zone offense- McCown’s TD toss was the only bright spot the Jaguars had inside the red zone, as the team went 1-of-3 there. That’s two weeks in a row the Jaguars have frozen after moving the ball inside of their opponents’ 20-yard line.
2. David Garrard and Blaine Gabbert- Garrard did nothing to cement his role as the team’s starter and Gabbert did nothing to catch up to Garrard. Both were inaccurate and seemed uncomfortable in the pocket.
3. Ball Security- The Jaguars committed two unforced turnovers on Friday. First Garrard overthrew his receiver in a ‘what was he thinking’ moment. The pass so far off that it had to be a miscommunication, didn’t it? Then rookie Cecil Shorts, who had a pretty good game, had a mental lapse when trying to get a handle on a reverse and put the ball on the ground. These are fixable problems but they must be worked on before the season gets underway.
1. Pass Defense- A miscommunication between newcomers Paul Posluszny and Drew Coleman allowed Atlanta’s Harry Douglas to get free on a crossing pattern. Ryan hit him and the receiver scampered for a 76-yard touchdown. The Jaguars also looked a little lost on several other third-down passing situations. This is coming off a week in which the secondary was torched by the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots.
2. Tiquan Underwood- The receiver needed to have a big game to make up for his drop-fest from last week. He had two catches for 19 yards but also dropped a pass. Sorry dude, you’re done.
3. Guy Whimper- Plays fits the name for this pedestrian right tackle. Please Ebon Britton, come back.