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2019 NFL Draft: Zach Goodall’s Jaguars Top-10 Big Board

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the number third overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The days are dwindling down, both towards the 2019 NFL Draft as well as the sun setting on my time here with the Locked On Jaguars brand that has reached heights beyond what I could have imagined when I began to build this outlet from the ground-up.

As both events are happening in unison, let’s go out having some fun.

Almost every player expected to be drafted in the top ten picks of the 2019 NFL Draft has been linked to the Jacksonville Jaguars, in some way, shape, or form. Up until the Nick Foles signing, quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray (and even Drew Lock every now and then) where the frequent selection in mock drafts everywhere.

Post-Foles signing, the mocks have been all over the place. Florida Gators right tackle Jawaan Taylor has been a popular candidate for anyone who believes JAX will go offensive line at 7th overall – however, Alabama OL Jonah Williams has been a late riser. Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson has a corner of the fanbase to himself, considering Foles’ vast success with tight ends in the past. Oh, and the strength of the defensive line class has had plenty of folks believe the Jaguars could enter this draft with a “best player available” approach, and perhaps targeting Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, even Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams if he were to fall down the board.

I guess what I’m saying is no one knows anything with 100% certainty about who Jacksonville is going to pick, until that draft card gets read.

In that case, I’ve put together my own personal top-10 big board for the Jaguars, based on how I would approach the 7th overall pick. This was all put together from a mix of my own scouting, opinion of the Jaguars’ needs, what role each player would serve, and things of that nature.

Let’s get down to it.

1. Quinnen Williams, defensive lineman, Alabama

6-3, 303, 33 1/4″ arms, testing scores

Is it a hot take to view Quinnen Williams as the superior prospect to Nick Bosa? Yes? No? Maybe so? Hear me out.

Yes, Williams only has one year of production – dominant production, but I digress – heading into the draft. He served as depth at Alabama previous to 2018 with Da’Ron Payne, D’Shawn Hand, and Joshua Frazier ahead of him on the defensive line rotation – all three players were drafted in 2018.

But the presence Williams had on the field for the Crimson Tide in 2018 went unmatched compared to any defensive lineman in the country. Eight sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, and ranking No. 1 in both run-stop % and pass rush productivity among defensive line prospects according to PFF is hard to match.

It’s hard to find any weakness in Williams’ game other than his lack of playing time before 2018, but that doesn’t scare me. He’s going to dominate NFL offensive lines, and he’s going to start doing that very early in his career. While he may be best suited to play 3-technique, I believe he can plug-and-play-and-produce anywhere on the defensive line. Williams is the most sure-thing in this draft, and considering how important interior pressure is in today’s NFL, gimme gimme gimme.

Prospects like Williams are rare to come by, and if he somehow falls to the 7th overall pick, Jacksonville would be silly to pass in him even with their needs on offense. I just can’t envision Williams falling that far at all.

2. Nick Bosa, defensive end, Ohio State

6-3 3/4, 266, 33″ arms, testing scores

Rushing the passer is in Nick Bosa’s blood. His brother, Joey Bosa, has recorded 28.5 sacks and 35 tackles for loss in 35 career games with the Los Angeles Chargers. And his father, John Bosa, recorded seven sacks in three seasons with the Miami Dolphins in the late 1980s.

In three seasons at Ohio State, Bosa recorded 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss, as well as two forced fumbles and two batted passes. Pro Football Focus has Bosa down for 77 QB hurries on 581 pass rush snaps over the past three seasons. Bosa is incredibly disruptive off of the edge in both the pass and run game, and will become a team’s premier edge rusher for years to come so long as he stays healthy.

However, Bosa missed most of the 2018 season due to a bilateral core muscle injury, which required a complete groin surgery. That’s a little more than a minor injury and is part of what separates Williams from Bosa on my board. All signs point to a full recovery but needing groin surgery as a premier draft prospect is something to keep in mind.

Bosa is most likely not falling past the San Francisco 49ers at the 2nd overall pick, but if he does, he’d be a perfect heir to Calais Campbell at defensive end opposite of Yannick Ngakoue to extend the life of Jacksonville’s premier pass rushing tandem… so long as Ngakoue receives the contract extension he deserves.

3. Dwayne Haskins, quarterback, Ohio State

6-3 3/8, 231, testing scores, Locked On Jaguars scouting report

Gasp.

It’s unpopular at this point to wish for the Jaguars to select a quarterback in the first round, only a month removed from the free agency signing of quarterback Nick Foles, but this is an idea I’ve been an advocate of for a while, even though I understand it is not likely.

The Jaguars have had a ton of interest in Haskins for quite some time. The team, including a high-ranking executive on numerous occasions, live-scouted him at least five times in 2018, per sources. The team met with Haskins at the NFL Combine as well. If Nick Foles didn’t sign with Jacksonville in free agency, I would have bet a lot of money on Haskins wearing black and teal.

But considering Foles has yet to start and finish 16 games in any of his seven career seasons, and has shown some inconsistencies as a starter in the same time frame, you have to wonder if Jacksonville would be best served with a Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers approach to their quarterback position. Especially when you understand their significant interest in Haskins previously. Haskins sat and learned behind J.T. Barrett – a QB that Haskins is far superior to in hindsight – and you never heard a peep from him. He understood his time would come, and rather than creating drama, he was patient and awaited that opportunity as he grew as a QB. In fact, he’s even said he’d do it again at the NFL level:

If Jacksonville were to double-dip at QB with Haskins, he’d face the same situation here with Nick Foles. Both are considered “team-first” guys, so it’s safe to assume Foles would take on a mentoring role for Haskins to eventually take his spot a couple of seasons down the line. And as previously noted, Haskins has lived that story before.

4. T.J. Hockenson, tight end, Iowa

6-4 3/4, 251, 32 1/4″ arms, testing scores, LOJ scouting report

T.J. Hockenson is the best tight end prospect I’ve ever evaluated. It’s that simple.

Nick Foles targeted tight ends on 33% of his passing attempts over the past two seasons, one of them being Zach Ertz who is in the top tier of tight ends in the NFL. It’s that simple.

Hockenson is essentially a sixth offensive lineman when lining up to block, he’s that effective and polished and can create extra lanes in the run game for a Jaguars team that loves to run the football. On top of his polished blocking skills, Hockenson is an incredibly athletic receiver for his size, testing in the 68th percentile and higher among NFL TEs on every athletic test other than the bench press at the NFL Combine.

He wins vertically with contested catch skills and an impressive catch radius, and is a smooth route runner across the middle of the field and releasing vertically. Hockenson is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses that will require specific game-planning in order to shut him down as he grows into a prominent NFL role.

5. Jonah Williams, offensive lineman, Alabama

6-4 1/2, 302, 33 5/8″ arms, testing scores, LOJ scouting report

While the near-consensus mock candidate has been Jawaan Taylor should the Jaguars go offensive line at 7th overall, Jonah Williams is a much more polished prospect, with a ton of college honors to back up his on-field product and the versatility to be a chess-piece on a Jaguars offensive line that was severely banged up in 2018.

Whether he moves back to right tackle to once again bookend a line with former Alabama teammate Cam Robinson, sticks at left tackle and move Robinson to right, or move inside to right guard, there’s a starting position somewhere in Jacksonville for Williams. And if a player goes down with an injury at any position, Williams is versatile enough to move into their spot with, say, Will Richardson filling in where Williams previously played – most likely right tackle.

Williams’ position coach at Alabama, Brent Key, is very close with Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, and is on record for influencing the team’s selection of Cam Robinson in the past. Could Key do the same with Williams, who he has labeled as a “special” player?

6. Montez Sweat, defensive end, Mississippi State

6-5 3/4, 260, 35 3/4″ arms, testing scores

If there is one word to define Montez Sweat, it’s “freak”.

Sweat ran a 4.41 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, which ranks in the 99th percentile among NFL DEs. Add to that a 92nd percentile broad jump at 125″, an 83rd percentile 3-cone drill of 7 seconds flat, an 81st percentile vertical jump of 36″… Montez Sweat is a rare specimen. His height ranks in the 88th percentile, and arm length in the 97th, as well.

Sweat has been diagnosed with an “enlarged heart” that is pushing him down or off team draft boards entirely, but there’s a history of players with similar conditions – Mo Hurst, Star Loutlelei, and Nick Fairley to name a few – who weren’t affected by their heart condition and have gone on to play in the NFL. Considering he has been cleared to fully participate and play in the NFL, Sweat’s condition does not scare me away.

The former Mississippi State standout recorded 22.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss in two seasons there. Sweat would immediately serve as a third down pass rushing specialist and eventually replace Calais Campbell at 5-technique defensive end opposite of Ngakoue.

7. Jawaan Taylor, right tackle, Florida

6-5, 312, 35 1/8″ arms, testing scores, LOJ scouting report

Jawaan Taylor has won this draft process more than almost any prospect out there. Following two okay seasons at Florida, Taylor was much improved as a player in 2018 under a new coaching staff and has ascended into top-10 pick talks.

But I’m not as big a fan of him as others. Do I think he’s going to be a good NFL right tackle? Yes, absolutely. Do I think he will be great? That I’m not certain of, as I believe he still has some technical deficiencies that need grooming and to fix his serious penalty issues.

However, his size profile does match perfectly with what the Jaguars generally look for in an offensive tackle, he took a top-30 visit to Jacksonville immediately following his Pro Day, and the Jaguars have some work to do on the right side of their offensive line as Will Richardson is an unknown at this point. He wouldn’t be my favorite pick, but at the end of the day I’d understand the idea behind the Jaguars selecting Taylor if that’s what ends up happening. I just vastly prefer Jonah Williams.

8. Ed Oliver, defensive tackle, Houston

6-1 7/8, 287, 31 3/4″ arms, testing scores

Oliver falls out of my top seven on the big board, just outside of the Jaguars pick, because while I believe Oliver will be a stud at the next level with elite explosive traits, I also believe he’s best served as a strict 3-technique. And Jacksonville invested a first round pick in 2018 on the 3-technique position in Taven Bryan – who proved in 2018 that he, too, is strictly a 3-tech.

Even though Oliver is undoubtedly a better prospect than Bryan was coming out,I’m not a fan of burning first round picks on the same type of player in back to back years. That makes the previous pick totally redundant and becomes a waste of an asset. If I was more confident in Oliver as a “big-end” 5-technique, I’d have ranked Oliver higher. But his lack of length makes me believe he wouldn’t be a good fit there, whereas I’m 100% confident in his ability to be a stud defensive tackle.

If Jacksonville wants to give up on the Taven Bryan experiment in favor of Oliver, so be it, and Oliver would certainly be an upgrade. Oliver recorded 13.5 sacks and 53 tackles for loss in three years at Houston. I just don’t love that logic.

9. Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa

6-4 1/8, 249, 33 1/3″ arms, testing scores

Noah Fant, like his teammate T.J. Hockenson who is listed above, has the potential to be a game-changing NFL tight end. Just, in a different way than Hockenson.

Fant is a dynamic receiver with insane athleticism and route-running ability for a player of his stature. While Hockenson is a polished route runner himself, Fant is more of an explosive playmaker at each level of the playing field than Hockenson.

The downside with Fant is that he isn’t nearly the blocker that Hockenson is. He does well in space against receivers but struggles when playing in-line or as a lead blocker vs. defensive linemen and linebackers, which is going to push him down Jacksonville’s draft board with their emphasis on blocking ability. Fant has also suffered from his share of drops with 13 in three seasons, which is something that hurt Jacksonville a good bit in 2018. This is likely coachable, however.

Regardless, Fant would provide the Jaguars with a huge mismatch playing “big slot” and outside as a receiver in the pass game. He recorded 1083 yards and 19 touchdowns on 78 receptions dating back to 2016.

10. Josh Allen, defensive end/outside linebacker, Kentucky

6-4 7/8, 262, 33 1/2″ arms, testing scores

Unlike Montez Sweat, I don’t see Allen fitting as well at 5-technique as an eventual replacement for Calais Campbell, which knocks him down my board despite being generally viewed as a top-five talent in this class. If the Jaguars were to select Allen, I’d be skeptical as to whether or not they plan on giving Yannick Ngakoue a contract extension, as Allen is better suited as a wide-pass rusher and working in space.

That is, unless they change their philosophy on defense. And the hiring of Dom Capers, former defensive coordinator who ran a 3-4 defense, could mean just that. Jacksonville could choose to get more versatile in their defensive looks beyond their typical four man front. Should Jacksonville elect to mix things up and include a standing pass rusher in some of their packages, Allen becomes a lot more appealing. Although Leon Jacobs played well at SAM in his rookie year, Allen would also fit the Jaguars 4-3 under-SAM role in base where he can drop into coverage on occasion.

Allen recorded 31.5 sacks and 42 tackles for loss for Kentucky in four seasons. He also forced 11 fumbles, intercepted a pass, and defended eight passes.

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 vs. Texans: Five observations, red zone issues remain

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Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) throws under pressure from the Houston Texans defensive line men during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn--USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) will be left with a lot to work on during their bye week. There was plenty to gather from the team’s 26-3 loss against the Houston Texans (6-3) in London.

1. Jaguars red-zone woes are still prevalent and have no fix in sight

In the red zone this season, the Jaguars have completed 34.5% (10/29) of their opportunities for touchdowns.  This ranks only better than the Cincinnati Bengals (33.33%) in the entire NFL.

While quarterback play is an issue in this area, the Jaguars have not made the most of their play-call opportunities either. The Jaguars entered the Houston Texans’ red zone only twice in 11 drives on Sunday.

During the two drives in the red zone, the Jaguars completed 0 passes and ran the ball one other time with Leonard Fournette for three yards. Simply not good enough.

Jaguars’ offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has spoken about the team’s ineffectiveness on red zone opportunities. “We moved the football well, but we need to do a better job in the red zone,” DeFilippo said on Thursday following the team’s week seven victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. “I need to do a better job of helping our guys get open. We need to do a better job executing and being more detailed and throwing the ball on time and all of those things. Again, all of that starts with me, and I will do a better job with that.”

Two weeks later and the team’s struggles have continued.

2. Gardner Minshew might take a backseat

Already discussed, the Jaguars might be in for a quarterback change coming out of their week 10 bye week. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew struggled mightily in Sunday’s game, and head coach Doug Marrone will have a tough decision to make.

Although Minshew was playing with a sore right shoulder, he was able to practice in full all week leading up to their matchup at Wimbley. Regardless, the Jaguars will have to make a decision, and everything points to Nick Foles being the team’s starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts in week 11.

Now completely Minshew’s fault, his struggles in the red zone have been evident for the past several weeks. Foles — during the 2017 and 2018 seasons when he started for the Philidelphia Eagles — was efficient in the red zone, which could point to his maturity as a passer more than anything.

The Jaguars will want to see what they can get out of their veteran quarterback, and there is a reason to believe the Jaguars’ head coach is leaning in this direction. If Foles is not named the starting quarterback next Sunday, it is very likely the veteran will never start for this Jaguars team, at least not under the current staff.

3. Jaguars’ run-defense regressed

Without starting nickel corner D.J. Hayden and SAM linebacker Leon Jacobs, the Jaguars were forced to remain in their nickel package for much of the day. Rookie cornerback Breon Borders replaced Hayden in the starting lineup and while he was not the reason why the run defense suffered, not having a competent linebacker on the strong side of the ball impacted the team greatly.

Texans’ running back Carlos Hyde gashed the Jaguars’ defense 19 times for 160 yards during Sunday’s matchup. Part of the reason why the Jaguars were unable to stop the Texans’ running game late was the sheer amount of plays the Texans ran to begin the game.

In the first quarter, the Texans ran 20 total plays while the Jaguars offense was only able to produce nine total plays.

4. Jaguars cannot rely on penalties, but two changed the course of the game

While the Jaguars should not, and cannot rely on penalties, the team had two costly controversial calls in the third quarter of Sunday’s matchup.

With an opportunity to score, Minshew threw a beautiful back-shoulder pass to Jaguars’ receiver DJ Chark Jr. who was able to haul in the pass but was called for offensive pass interference. A few plays later the Jaguars would botch a field goal attempt and give the Texans the football at the 50-yard line.

Following the change of possession, Jaguars’ defensive end Calais Campbell was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Specifically, Campbell was called for lowering his head to initiate contact with a defenseless rusher. The Texans would net only a field goal on this drive, but it was a potential 10-point swing as Chark’s interference call was questionable, and Campbell did not even touch Watson on the play.

5. Keelan Cole shines in Dede Westbrook’s absence

Although the Jaguars clearly missed their 1B receiver in Dede Westbrook, rarely-utilized receiver Keelan Cole was able to step up to the plate and put on his best performance of the season, and possibly since 2017.

While it was not sensational, Cole hauled in five out of six of his targets for 80 yards on the day. The Jaguars could not get anything going down the field, however, Cole was able to get open on routine crossing routes.

In the coming weeks, look for Cole to have a bigger role in the Jaguars offense, especially with veteran receiver Chris Conley playing so up-and-down (2 receptions on 7 targets for 32 yards).

DeFilippo recently spoke about Cole and understands the third-year receiver may be frustrated with his snap count.

“I am proud of the way he stayed in it and even though he has not gotten the playing time,” DeFilippo said after the Jaguars victory over Bengals. “Everyone wants to play every snap. I’m sure he wants [more playing time]. He has done a great job staying in it.”

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Jaguars to make tough decision next week, Minshew Mania over for now

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Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) throws a pass in the first half against the Houston Texans during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) were embarrassed early Sunday morning via a 26-3 loss to the rival Houston Texans (6-3). Minshew-Mania may be over for now, but it won’t be the last time the rookie sensation starts for the team.

To put it simply, rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew did not play well at all yesterday. Completing 27/47 (57%) of his passes for 309 yards, two interceptions, and two fumbles lost, Minshew looked lost during the second half of the game on Sunday.

Minshew has been everything the team could have hoped for — and much more — out of a sixth-round quarterback, but between what transpired yesterday, and a few of his past performances — against winning teams –, the Jaguars will likely see what they can get out of veteran quarterback Nick Foles.

For three quarters, Minshew looked okay. While there was plenty that went wrong, the rookie was able to make key throws, during key situations. One play, in particular, stands out. With a little over five minutes left in the second quarter, the Jaguars could not seem to get anything going before Minshew scrambles around and eventually finds a wide-open Ryquell Armstead in the middle of the field. Armstead would take the ball 31 yards and set the team up for their only points of the game.

Minshew’s ability to improvise has been his bread and butter this season, and although he was not able to work his magic often against the Texans, these were the types of plays that gave pause in the Minshew/Foles debate.

During the fourth quarter, the Jaguars and Minshew were forced to take more shots downfield in a sort of desperation move while trailing 19-3. Although playcalling can certainly be questioned, the decision making of the Jaguars’ rookie quarterback was equally perplexing. Throwing two interceptions and losing two fumbles, Minshew had no chance at making a little magic to lead the team to another come-from-behind victory.

Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone will be forced to make a decision on his quarterback, but not right now. After the game, Marrone indicated he will wait until the Sunday before the team returns from their week 10 bye week to talk to both quarterbacks.

“I think after those 48 hours are over, I’m going to step away a little bit, take a break because I don’t have to make a decision and have time,” Marrone said shortly after the game when asked about making the quarterback decision. “That’s what I’m going to talk to the quarterbacks about, and then I’ll tell them probably right before we come back on Sunday, we’ll be able to discuss where we’re going to go. That’s pretty much my plan.”

While Minshew did not have a great game yesterday, the decision will be made on more than just one game, Marrone said.

The Jaguars’ head coach is stuck with an incredibly tough decision. At 4-5, the team needs a spark. The Jaguars need to win down the stretch and having to rely on a rookie — still going through ups and downs — is exhausting. While Foles may not be “the answer”, he is the only other option at this moment, and the Jaguars absolutely believe in the veteran.

Although this may be the end of Minshew starting in Jacksonville this season, his achievements — 188/307 (61%) completions for 2,285 yards, 13 touchdowns, and four interceptions — should not go unnoticed. The team absolutely still believes in the rookie quarterback, and he has a golden opportunity — if not this season — next year to prove everyone wrong.

One of the best, most fun performances out of a Jaguars’ quarterback over the first half of the season ever, is nothing to get upset about. Minshew provided spectators with Minshew-Mania, Minshew-Magic, and any other Minshew-ism one can think of.

For now, it is very likely Foles will make his Jaguars’ debut once again after breaking his left clavicle during the opening game of the season. In 11 plays this season Foles completed five out of eight of his passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

It may be over for now, but this is just the beginning, and having the problem of deciding between a former Superbowl MVP and a rookie sensation at quarterback is a good thing. Depending on how Foles plays — if he is to be named the starter next Sunday –, Minshew could get yet another opportunity as the Jaguars progress from their 4-5 record.

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Jaguars fail to seize opportunity in London, falling 26-3 to Houston Texans

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Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rushes for a first down during the first half of the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn--USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) fell to Houston Texans (6-3) in a disappointing pre-bye week game in London, England. The Jaguars absolutely did not have home-field advantage on the day. 

The Jaguars took to their annual London voyage with a lot of optimism, however, all of that optimism was quickly quieted by the Houston Texans (6-3) as they were able to bottle up Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars, holding the team to just three points on the day.  The Texans would win 26-3 and kill any chances the Jaguars may have had at earning the division title in a few weeks.

To begin the game, the Jaguars opted to start out on defense with the Texans struggling early on in games this season. Holding the Texans to just three points to start the game, the Jaguars defense showed up big, especially as Jaguars’ cornerback A.J. Bouye shadowed Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who finished with just eight receptions for 48 yards. The Jaguars seemed to find a groove early on during the first half of the game, but their inability to score in the red zone reared it’s head yet again.

In what is likely his last game starting for the Jaguars this season — at least for now — Jaguars’ rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew completed just 27 out of 47 of his passes for 309 yards and two interceptions. Minshew also fumbled the football two times near the end of the game, which would ultimately end it at Wembley stadium.

While the Jaguars defense played well early on, they stood no chance against Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson who completed 22 out of 28 of his passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Extremely elusive, Watson was able to escape from the Jaguars pass rushers all day long. The Texans effectively ended any chance of the Jaguars coming back after Watson completed a long throw to Hopkins for 21 yards to the Jaguars’ one-yard line. The Texans would score on a one-yard run by Duke Johnson putting the team up 19-3 late in the third quarter.

All four of Minshew’s turnovers would come in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars attempted to climb back in the game. Missing their second-most targetted wide receiver in Dede Westbrook, the Jaguars and Minshew couldn’t seem to get anything going in the passing game.

The Jaguars’ run game was equally disappointing today as running back Leonard Fournette could only edge out 40 yards on 11 rushes.

Perhaps the best play of the game by the Jaguars’ defense, near the end of the game Texans’ running back Carlos Hyde sprinted free and was looking to go into the endzone when Jaguars’ safety Jarrod Wilson showed incredible hustle to force a fumble at the last second, turning the ball over to the Jaguars’ offense.

The good fortune wouldn’t last long, however, as Minshew would go on to throw his final interception of the game to completely seal the game for the Texans offense.

The Jaguars’ offense simply did not get anything going today, similar to their game against the New Orleans Saints in week six earlier this year. Minshew was sacked only four times on the day as the Texans did not want him to escape the pocket.

The team will have a very tough decision to make during their week 10 bye week. Ultimately, the team will need to decide between veteran quarterback Nick Foles or the rookie quarterback in Minshew.

Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone will be making the decision, and after falling 26-3 today largely due to the play of the team’s quarterback, it may be a no-brainer.

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