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2018 Jaguars Training Camp: Observations From Day 6

Zach Goodall

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After a strong offensive showing from Blake Bortles and Co. during Tuesday’s practice, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned to the field today for their sixth day of training camp.

Did Bortles repeat his strong, accurate performance from Tuesday? Who else stood out on the practice field? Let’s get to the observations.

Bortles has a down-day

To answer the question above: No, Bortles didn’t repeat his strong Tuesday showing. The defense had a great day as a unit, making big plays during the entirety of team drills. Two of those plays came back to back on Bortles, where cornerback A.J. Bouye intercepted him on a overthrown pass across the middle and once again on the outside on Bortles’ next rep.

Bortles went 7 for 17 on the day. His interception count in team drills through six days of camp is three, significantly lower than last year’s camp.

Cody Kessler went 8/15.

In his press conference, I asked Bortles how his relationship with left guard Andrew Norwell has come along since his signing:

Chark continues to impress

Bold prediction: D.J. Chark will be this team’s No. 1 receiver before the 2018 season is in the books.

After tracking his routes through four days of practice, Chark has continued to flash his development as a complete receiver. He’s making plays on all levels of the passing game, specifically on slant, post, and go routes. He had two receptions in team drills today, one by the fingertips on a deep ball from Kessler with cornerback Jalen Myrick in coverage.

However, Chark’s highlights came in one-on-one’s in the redzone. He beat cornerback Jalen Ramsey not once, but twice, once on a fade route:

And once on a clean slant route:

During his conference, Bortles said Chark has “gotten better and better every day… He’s obviously got the physical tools… He’s an open book, he learns as much as he can and takes in as much information as he can.”

Defense shines

On top of Bouye’s two interceptions off of Bortles, the Jaguars’ defense forced another two turnovers in team drills.

Undrafted cornerback Tre Herndon intercepted QB Tanner Lee in tight redzone drills on a pass to Allen Lazard across the middle of the endzone. Before that, it looked like the second team the linebacking corps forced a fumble on a run play. Cornerback A.J. Bouye has been impressed with Herndon, as well as Quenton Meeks, so far in camp:

Rookie safety Ronnie Harrison made a big-time, athletic pass breakup during the team’s redzone drills that had the entire secondary group up and cheering from the sidelines. During Bouye’s press conference, he said he felt the secondary started talking trash as soon as cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned to practice after the birth of his child.

Team tid-bits

-UDFA WR Allen Lazard had his second productive day in a row, rcording two catches in team drills. One was on a deep ball from Tanner Lee that Lazard had to cut off the cornerback and leap to grab. He’s starting to enter the mix for the sixth receiver battle.

-Speaking of the sixth receiver battle, don’t count out Shane Wynn. He’s been flashing his speed all camp, and he beat Tyler Patmon on two redzone one-on-one’s today:

 

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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Jaguars Bulldozed by Henry and the Titans in Route to 30-9 Loss

Demetrius Harvey

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Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans kicked off tonight for their second matchup of the season. After getting beat 9-6 in the first matchup in Jacksonville, the Jaguars hoped to enact their revenge this week in Nashville.

A couple of lineup changes included Barry Church being inactive with Ronnie Harrison starting at Strong Safety, and Taven Bryan starting for Malik Jackson at defensive tackle. Bryan starting there is a sign that perhaps Jackson will not be with the Jaguars for much longer.

The Jaguars started the game on defense and could not stop the run to save their lives with Abry Jones out, and Ali Ankou/Taven Bryan taking most of the opening drive snaps. A long 73-yard touchdown drive ended in a Derrick Henry four-yard touchdown.

The Jaguars could do nothing in the run game on their opening drive of the game and could not protect when needed to on a key third down. On the Titans’ second possession of the game new starting Strong Safety Ronnie Harrison was able to take advantage of an errant Marcus Mariota throw picking it off and setting the Jaguars up with a decent starting field position.

After the Jaguars drive stalled, the Jaguars were able to get on the board anyways with the Titans punt returner muffed the football. It ended up being picked right back up, however, he ran into the end zone for a safety. 7-2 Titans.

Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they simply are not a good team. After getting to the Titans three-yard line, Leonard Fournette could not push the ball in at all and unfortunately, the Jaguars turned it over on downs. The Titans play immediately following was a dreadful 99-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry. The worst play by the Todd Wash led Jaguars defense.

The Jaguars wouldn’t be able to do anything with their following offensive possessions and the Titans were able to net just a field goal, making the score 16-2 Titans.

A little fun fact before halftime:

After the Jaguars received the ball to start the second half, there were a couple of good plays by Running Back Leonard Fournette. Unfortunately, both good runs were called back due to phantom holding penalties.

One key point to take away from this matchup is the inability to tackle by the Jaguars defense. They were terrible all game, and it showed. Missed tackles by 25, 21, 48, 50, and 36 occurred from the start of the game to shortly into the third quarter.

The missed tackles wouldn’t stop there. The Jaguars defense got gashed again right before surrendering a 16yard TD run by Henry yet again. The bleeding would not stop there as the Yulee Bulldozer was not done yet. On the next Titans possession, he took one carry for a 54-yard touchdown. With five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Henry had 11 cares for 219 and four touchdowns. Easily the best game of Henry’s career.

The following possession was all DeDe Westbrook as he was able to account for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars offense had a little life on an otherwise lifeless night.

30-9 Titans final score.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Punt/Safety
    The Jaguars first points of the day came on a mistake by the Titans punt returner who muffed a punt and proceeded to run into the end zone to get tackled for a safety.
  • Ronnie Harrison first career interception
    After a poor throw by Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota, Jaguars starting Strong Safety Ronnie Harrison was able to snag his first career interception. Although the Jaguars defense did not do well at all tonight, they were able to at least come away with this.
  • DeDe Westbrook Touchdown
    DeDe Westbrook was able to have a nice night even though the rest of the Jaguars offense was not.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Cody Kessler:

Although the Jaguars were not able to do much at all as far as offense, Cody Kessler still was able to at least do all he could and did not turn the ball over. Kessler was under pressure nearly the entire game and did not have nearly enough time to do anything in the way of passing the football on key downs. Kessler finished the game 25-48 for 240 yards and one touchdown. Many will say Kessler did not do enough, but in my opinion he did what he could tonight, and never quit even though he was under pressure almost every play. There were also several long drops by Jaguars receivers.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars are bad. That much has been obvious all season, but it was put in the spotlight on national television tonight. Some of this has to do with injuries, some with talent, but the most damning factor was just lack of effort. There was no fight in the 4-8 Jaguars. No life at all on defense when they played probably their best 60 minutes of football just a few days ago.

The amount of missed tackles, blown assignments, and straight up poor effort on defense is inexcusable. For the Jaguars to say this game was about pride afterward is a shame, as there was nothing to be proud of at all. Expect some big-time changes to be made after the season, if not before.

The Jaguars will return to TIAA Bank Field next week against the Washington Football Team at 1 PM. There should be zero expectations for this game.

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Jaguars vs. Titans Inactives: Barry Church a Healthy Scratch

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans have released their inactive reports ahead of their matchup tonight in Nashville. For the Jaguars, the biggest surprise is Strong Safety Barry Church being inactive after being benched last week for Rookie Safety Ronnie Harrison.

Church’s time in Jacksonville has seemingly come to an end after signing a long-term contract prior to the 2017 campaign. Harrison will assume the starting role for presumably the remainder of the season and the Jaguars likely will move on from Church during the offseason.

The Jaguars would save $6.25 million from releasing Barry Church after this season. They are currently expected to be above the cap, so expect more moves including this one from Church to be made after the season.

Abry Jones is also inactive and Eli Ankou will assume his snaps. With D.J. Chark inactive for the third straight week, Rashad Greene will continue to get snaps at receiver with Moncrief, Cole, and Westbrook.

JAGUARS:

TITANS:

There are no surprises from the Titans inactive report.

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Jaguars vs Titans: Wednesday Status Report, Chark and Jones Out

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The Jaguars and Titans had unique practice schedules so in lieu of doing multiple hypothetical injury reports we decided to simply give you the final run down. The injury report and status updates here will show who will be missing Thursday night’s game. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans have released their Wednesday status/injury report ahead of their Thursday Night matchup tomorrow in Nashville. For the Jaguars, they came into the weak hobbled, however with a couple of rest days, they have been able to lessen the blow almost completely.

Only D.J. Chark and Abry Jones will miss tomorrow nights matchup. Chark has missed the past two games with a quad injury.  Even Jalen Ramsey, who was questionable heading into the game this past Sunday, is not listed on the injury report.

The only other players listed on the report for this game are Safety Cody Davis and OL Josh Walker. Both are listed as questionable. Rashad Greene will yet again replace D.J. Chark at Receiver while Eli Ankou will replace Abry Jones. Jones has been a force in the middle of the Jaguars defense in recent weeks defending the run, so he could be missed this Sunday. This may lead the Jaguars to start Malik Jackson at the three-technique position. Jackson has had some struggles in the run game.

If Josh Walker cannot play, Patrick Omameh will once again be the immediate backup to either tackle position with Chris Reed filling in his role at left guard. This is by far the shortest injury report the Jaguars have had in many weeks.

Below are the status reports for both teams:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark (Quad): OUT

NT Abry Jones (Shin): OUT

S Cody Davis (Hamstring): Questionable

OL Josh Walker (Foot/Ankle): Questionable

TITANS:

S Dane Cruikshank (Knee): OUT

RB David Fluellen (Knee): OUT

WR Darius Jennings (Knee): Questionable

LB Derrick Morgan (Knee): Questionable

The Titans have a similar injury report to the Jaguars. With only four people listed with a status, they are as healthy as they could hope for. The only injury they might be concerned about is to pass rushing Linebacker Derrick Morgan. If he cannot go, the Titans will be a tad short on depth at that position.

Just as the Jaguars are with Davis, the Titans will be missing one of their special teams safeties. Other than that, they are completely healthy with Fluellen not providing much at the RB position anyways.

The Jaguars (4-8) and Titans (6-6) kickoff tomorrow night at 8:25 PM EST.

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