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Jaguars, Blake Bortles Bounce Back with 31-12 Win over Jets

Demetrius Harvey

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws a pass during the first quarter against the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets took to the field this Sunday with each team looking to keep their season rolling as the Jaguars try to get to 3-1 and the Jets 2-2.

After the Jets punt to the Jaguars six-yard line, the Jaguars were able to muster up a 15-play 80-yard drive that ended in a Josh Lambo 32-yard field goal. The key for this drive was ball control and playing mistake-free. It worked out for the Jaguars, although their drive was stalled by a holding penalty from Jermey Parnell.

The Jaguars second drive of the day ended similarly to their first. With a field goal. The Jaguars and quarterback Blake Bortles took the ball all the way to the Jets six-yard line. However, they elected to kick a chip-shot field goal over going for it on fourth and one.

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette got some tightness in his already injured hamstring on this drive, which could explain why they didn’t go for it.

On the next Jaguars drive Leonard Fournette did seem to be still nursing his hamstring as back up running back T.J. Yeldon came in for much of the drive. Blake Bortles was able to connect with Yeldon short, and Yeldon was able to take the pass all the way to the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown. Fournette would not return.

The Jets were not able to do anything for the entire first half against the Jaguars as they were shut out 16-0. The Jaguars were able to count on a 54-yard Josh Lambo field goal to end the half. Blake Bortles finished the half 16/19 for 192 yards and a touchdown.

After a long Logan Cooke punt to the Jets one-yard line, the Jaguars defense and Calais Campbell came up strong with a safety on running back Isaiah Crowell. Campbell shot through his gap and quickly brought down the back for the safety. 18-0 Jaguars.

Blake Bortles’s first mistake of the game came on a slow wind up which led to a tipped pass/interception deep into Jaguars territory. This set up a field goal for the Jets offense, their first points of the game.

The play of the game came on the Jaguars following possession. Donte Moncrief took a beautiful deep ball down the sidelines from Blake Bortles in for a 67-yard touchdown. Easily Moncrief’s biggest play as a Jaguars wide receiver, and possibly one of Bortles’s best throws. 25-3 Jaguars.

The Jets were able to capitalize on an ill-advised T.J. Yeldon fumble taken to the Jaguars five-yard line. Darold scored a 2-yard touchdown to his tight end, Leggett. 25-12 Jaguars. The Jaguars would fumble again on the very next drive deep into Jets territory.

The Jaguars defense would again get a stop and give the Jaguars offense the ball one last time.

With the Jaguars’ final offensive drive, they would drive down the field eating up clock to score a nice two-yard touchdown with T.J. Yeldon adding an exclamation point to the game. The final score would be 31-12 as the Jaguars failed to score on their two-point conversion.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Calais Campbell gets in for a safety. After a great punt by rookie Logan Cooke to the Jets one-yard line, Calais Campbell is able to get a great jump off the ball right into the running back’s lap to set the tone for the rest of the second half for the Jaguars defense.
  • Blake Bortles to Donte Moncrief 67-yard TD. Words do not do it justice as this was simply a beautiful throw and catch for Blake Bortles and Donte Moncrief. These types of plays are precisely why you bring in a guy like Moncrief.  Check out the play below.

  • T.J. Yeldon puts an exclamation mark on the Jaguars win with a late touchdown.
    The Jaguars did not necessarily need to go for it on fourth and one from the Jets two-yard line with only 30 seconds left, but they did anyway, and it paid off. Yeldon was able to make up for an earlier fumble by getting into the end zone, making the game 31-12.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Blake Bortles is your Jaguars player of the game today. While he was not perfect the entire game (one interception), he was very efficient throwing for 29/38 for 388 yards (career high) and two touchdowns to go along with the interception. A very crisp and all-around good day from Blake Bortles.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars came into today desperately needing to get on the right track as far as the offensive side of the ball. They were able to do just that on the back of inconsistent quarterback Blake Bortles. The Jaguars defense did their job as they have all season allowing only 201 yards and one touchdown.

The final score was 31-12 although it could have and should have been a lot worse for the Jets. Rookie Sam Darnold was no match for the Jaguars pass rush and secondary as he was almost picked off at least three times during the day. One Tashaun Gipson interception was called back due to a holding penalty on the defense.

Two concerns heading out of this game are the injury statuses of running back Leonard Fournette, and center Brandon Linder. Both left the game due to injury and will be tracked all next week leading up to their road trip at Kansas City.

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 to open seven training camp practices to fans in 2019

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Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark (17) signs autographs during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today they will be opening seven practices during training camp to the public. The first four training camp practices will be open to the public. Practice on Saturday, July 27, is open exclusively to Jags365 Season Ticket Members and is scheduled for 8:45 a.m.

The team’s first practice in full pads will also be open to fans on Sunday, July 28 at 8:45 a.m. All seven of the Jaguars’ Florida Blue open practices are scheduled to take place at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex on the northwest corner of TIAA Bank Field.

2019 JAGUARS OPEN TRAINING CAMP PRACTICES

Thursday, July 25 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Friday, July 26 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Saturday, July 27 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Open exclusively to Jags 365 Season Ticket Members
Sunday, July 28 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Tuesday, July 30 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Thursday, August 1 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Fans are required to register here for each training camp session and tickets will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gates will open to fans at 8:15 a.m., 30 minutes prior to the start of practice.

Parking is available in Lots M and N, and concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase on-site Limited player autograph availability will occur following each practice.

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Jaguars 2019 position group breakdown: Running Backs

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Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs down the field during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Similar to their quarterback situation, the Jacksonville Jaguars have attempted to answer some questions in terms of the run game in this year’s offseason. Jacksonville went through a full remodel in an attempt to add veteran presence that can sustain the ground attack if injury strikes the team yet again in 2019. 

Two years ago, the Jaguars were a team that led the NFL in rushing at 527 attempts throughout the regular season. Nearly 50 carries ahead of any other team in the league. On those 527 attempted the Jaguars saw heights in production not seen since the Maurice Jones-Drew. 

That production staggered in yardage and overall sustainability of the offense with their lackluster quarterback play last season. This was all due to the injuries of star running back Leonard Fournette and the majority of the offensive line. Without Fournette, the Jaguars only accumulated half the yardage in 2018 Fournette produced in 2017 with T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde leading the affair. 

Being a strong part of the offensive system, the Jaguars win total saw a sharp decrease and the team swagger that carried them to the 2017 AFC playoffs had vanished.

Jacksonville looked to replenish their running back room and get back to the strong, effective run game they saw in 2017 that made them so successful. 

Adding Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Thomas Rawls and more through free agency, as well as, drafting former Temple running back, Ryquell Armstead the Jaguars made a good move in adding reliable to back up Fournette in the backfield. 

Projected Running Back Depth Chart:
*italicized indicates starter, underline indicates picked up via draft/free agency
Leonard Fournette, Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Ryquell Armstead.

Leading the pack coming into 2019 is Leonard Fournette. Fournette is a player that has all the major attributes to be a star player in the NFL if he could just stay healthy. Fournette missed eight games last season and seven due to injury which caused the Jaguars offense to stall in his absence. 

He is a player that combines strong downhill running with game-breaking speed. Abilities not many can combine nevertheless replace. He is a generational talent who looks to return to his rookie form in 2019. 

Fournette looks to be getting back on track this season and “refocused on football.” Him being able to stay on the field will be a huge plus for a Jaguars team that has struggled offensively for many years. 

The next two players on the depth chart are veteran backs Alfred Blue and Benny Cunningham. 

Blue being a signee from the Houston Texans roster and an experienced back who knows how to get yardage necessary to sustain drives. While receiving very little touches in the Houston offense he played the backup role well and was a reliable source of receiving out of the backfield.

Blue will be used more as a third-down back in the Jaguars offense. 

The same goes for Cunningham. Coming over from the Bears, which last season saw two top-caliber running backs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen sharing carries, Cunningham got lost in the shuffle. Cunningham is a great receiving threat out of the backfield and can play solid minutes in his role on his new team. 

Having two players that can play roles, and play them well is vital for any team in the NFL. Taking fatigue and potential injury into account getting Cunningham and Blue was one of the more important moves the Jaguars made this offseason. The Jaguars acquired two reliable backs for new quarterback Nick Foles to work with on downs where Fournette is not in the game. 

Next on the team’s depth chart is the Jaguars 2019 fifth-round pick out of Temple, Ryquell Armstead. In his senior year, Armstead scored 13 touchdowns and averaged nearly 6.5 yards per carry. Armstead’s progression through his college career was a sight to see. After starting his career as a bulkier strong runner, Armstead slimmed down to become a more complete back and utilized his opportunity at Temple to make it to the NFL. 

Posting 2,987 yards and 34 touchdowns over his career, Armstead looks to carry on those impressive numbers at the next level. Armstead is a runner with great field vision and patience behind the line of scrimmage. He bursts through the open hole and is willing to lower the shoulder to gain extra yardage. Armstead says that he models his game after former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. 

He describes himself as an angry runner. “I run angry, I run violent. I look for contact— that’s something that makes me unique.” Armstead stated in an interview with CBS sports. 

The type of physical running Armstead brings to the table is something the Jaguars have had success within recent memory. That willingness to create contact and run hard for his team to succeed is an attribute any team would love to have with their running back. 

A player that very strongly resembles Leonard Fournette in terms of running style was a guy the Jaguars looked at as a potential steal in the fifth round. An aggressive, one-cut runner who can run over opponents or bounce it to the outside and take off down the sideline. 

Armstead had the second-fastest time in the 40-yard dash among eligible running backs at the 2019 NFL combine at 4.49 seconds. Being a player with blazing speed mixed with a downhill running style, Armstead could see minutes directly behind Fournette later in the season. Armstead is an intriguing prospect but his development as a pass-catcher out of the backfield will need to improve for him to solidify the playing time this season. 

While the Jaguars have many running backs on the roster, all of them cannot stay. Unless there is a huge jump of progression when training camp starts later in the month, Thomas Rawls and Taj McGowan have very little shot of making the team. 

After last season, the Jaguars have done whatever it takes to assure they have depth at this position. Being able to provide multiple sources of production is important for any team. By providing this depth, the Jaguars hope it can get the job done and they can return to the success seen in the running game just two seasons ago. 

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REPORT: Jaguars to sign former WVU WR Marcus Simms

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Oct 13, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Marcus Simms (8) runs the football against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move signing former West Virginia WR Marcus Simms according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Simms was slated to participate in the supplemental draft after filing the paperwork on June 20th.

Simms will make for interesting competition for the Jaguars as we inch closer to training camp. Simms accumulated 87 receptions for 1457 yards and eight touchdowns in his three-year career at West Virginia. Simms has also made his name known in the return game totaling 992 yards as a kick returner. According to reports, Simms ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4-4.49 seconds, with a vertical jump of 36″, a broad jump of 10-2 and three-cone time of 6.91 seconds. After his physical tomorrow, the Jaguars will have to make a corresponding move.

Simms will look to compete for a bottom-of-the-roster position with players such as Terrelle Pryor and Keelan Cole. If the Jaguars intend on retaining six receivers Simms will have a good shot at making the roster. By all accounts, Simms was a draftable player.

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