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

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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 a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

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Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable

REDSKINS:

LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

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Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

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