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Blake Bortles Crushes Jaguars chance at Victory against Steelers

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Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers faced off today at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Florida.

The Jaguars would start off the game with the ball and just when things seemed to be going well, they faltered. Blake Bortles and the Jaguars would gain one first down and end up punting after a poor Bortles ball bounced off T.J. Yeldon’s face/hands falling incomplete.

The Jaguars defense fared better forcing the Steelers to go three-and-out on their very first drive of the day. A great stop by Marcell Dareus and Abry Jones who started over Malik Jackson today. One issue with this team is discipline, and that showed on the Steelers second drive of the day when Yannick Ngakoue was flagged for unnecessary roughness after a gain of one.

The Jaguars offense would drive down the field for nearly nine minutes on the back of their running game. 15 plays with 14 running plays. This is Jaguars football and what they are supposed to do best. Unfortunately, Tyler Shatley was called for a hold during the drive and it stalled. Josh Lambo would kick a 48-yard go-ahead field goal. 3-0 Jaguars after a quarter and change. The Jaguars defense would also get back to what they do best. Just straight up great defense as Jalen Ramsey and D.J. Hayden would have key pass breakups to force the Steelers in yet another three-and-out.

Jaguars offense back out on the field and they were able to run the ball straight down the Steelers throat for yet another Jaguars field goal. 6-0 Jaguars. So far Fournette would have 61 yards on the day. This is only six minutes into the second quarter.

Here come the Jaguars. All-Pro Cornerback who was subject to trade rumors this morning is having himself a day. He picks off Ben Roethlisberger who was throwing to Antonio Brown deep down the middle of the field. This led to yet another Jaguars field goal by Mr. Automatic, Josh Lambo. 9-0 Jaguars.

After another three-and-out forced by the Jaguars defense, the Jaguars offense got cute and threw two passes, taking one sack. This would allow the Steelers to get the ball back, however, on the very next play, Big Ben throws yet another interception, this time to Barry Church.

Unfortunately, the Jaguars quarterback woes continued, and they threw the ball yet again. Unable to capitalize after Blake Bortles threw 3 ducks in a row, including one out of bounds with the Steelers out of timeouts.

This tweet puts the Jaguars last two drives before halftime into perspective.

The Jaguars would pick up on defense right where they left off as they would force yet another three-and-out to open the second half.

The Steelers bet against the Jaguars in their opening drive after accepting a holding call which negated a three-and-out and won. They were able to force a fumble on Blake Bortles which was recovered by Jermey Parnell. The Jaguars would punt anyways, and the Steelers gained at least 10 yards of field position.

The refs came to play on the very next drive for the Steelers. After a great Myles Jack interception, it would be called back due to a very questionable roughing the passer call on Calais Campbell. On the very next play, Telvin Smith is called for an unnecessary toughness which was also questionable.

When you have a superstar on your team you can count on him to make big plays in key moments. Jalen Ramsey is a superstar, and that’s exactly what he did on this drive when he blanketed Antonio Brown which led to his second interception of the game.

Speaking of superstars, the next Jaguars possession was all number 27. Leonard Fournette took the Jaguars offense basically on his back down for a 2-yard leaping touchdown. Fournette had 21 touches for 133 yards thus far in the game.

All good things must come to an end and the Jaguars finally blew a coverage deep for a 78-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown. Gipson was seemingly the man responsible for the coverage miscue.

The Jaguars would get the ball back in Steelers territory thanks to a Westbrook punt return to the 40-yard line. Unfortunately, two sacks later the Jaguars were forced to punt. The Jaguars defense would continue their trend of not allowing the Steelers into the red zone but once in the entire game, however, the Jaguars run offense had come to a halt.

The Steelers would go down and score on the back of Roethlisberger and the Steelers passing offense. Vance McDonald would end up scoring a touchdown on Telvin Smith and Tashaun Gipson in the back of the end zone. 16-13 Jaguars.

The Jaguars got the ball back but proceeded to do nothing with it for a fourth straight three-and-out. It would be up to the Jaguars defense yet again to secure this victory. In a heartbreaking defeat, the Jaguars would allow Big Ben to score a game-winning touchdown after what looked to be a game-saving interception get called back due to a facemask.

20-16 Jaguars final.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Jalen Ramsey amazing interception #1
    Jalen Ramsey made an incredible interception early in the game for the Jaguars. Although the Jaguars would go on to lose, it was easily the Superstar’s best game.
  • Leonard Fournette TD
    Leonard Fournette was the only Jaguars offensive player to make any plays this week. He accounted for 141 yards and one touchdown on 30 touches today.
  • Yannick Ngakoue gets a sack
    The Jaguars pass rush has been completely decimated by opposing teams’ offensive lines all season. Fortunately, the Jaguars were able to get a couple of sacks including this one by Ngakoue which came at an opportune time. 

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey is your Jaguars player of the game. The Jaguars offense, specifically Blake Bortles, made his performance all for not. The Jaguars superstar had two interceptions and allowed very few yards on the entire day. All for not.

FINAL WHISTLE

This is a game you can place solely on Blake Bortles and the Jaguars passing game. His abysmal play directly led to the defeat by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and there is very little room to debate. The Jaguars run offense early in the game could not be stopped by the Steelers, however, they made a few adjustments and forced the Jaguars to pass.

That is where everything went wrong. Blake Bortles would be sacked 6 times, including the last snap of the game and he made terrible decisions throughout. The Jaguars defense had the Jaguars in this game the entire way and only a play or two difference, they could have one it for them. Although many will point to this game as the Jaguars defense finally getting it right at the end of the day the Jaguars anchor of a quarterback held them back once again.

The Jaguars are now 3-7 with little to no shot at the playoffs and will face the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo next week.

Demetrius Harvey is the lead editor for the Locked on Jaguars website covering breaking news, breakdowns, and more. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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