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

Demetrius Harvey

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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.

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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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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