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Jaguars Defense Falters in Heartbreaking 29-26 Loss to Colts

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Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts faced off today in their first AFC South meeting of the season. For the Jaguars, they came into today as the underdog in need of a victory for the first time since week four of this season. The Jaguars would hope to take advantage of Leonard Fournette finally being healthy as well as D.J. Hayden on defense.

The week ten matchup started off with the Colts on offense. The Jaguars defense started off rough as they surrendered a long 53-yard touchdown from Andrew Luck to Eric Ebron. This was due to what seemed to be a busted coverage.Tashaun Gipson was unable to catch up with Ebron in time to make the tackle. Horrible start for the Jaguars. Telvin Smith and Barry Church seemed to be the culprits on the long touchdown.

The Jaguars offense started off almost as expected even with Leonard Fournette back in the lineup. A three and out was saved due to a holding call against the Colts, but a draw play with T.J. Yeldon on third and nine later sealed their fate of punting the football.

Seemingly out of nowhere the Jaguars found some sort of lightning in a bottle during their second drive of the game as Blake Bortles was able to hook up with Donte Moncrief for a beautifully thrown 80-yard touchdown pass.

The Colts were able to answer that drive with a 70-yard drive of their own right down the Jaguars throat. Ebron took a handoff from the 3-yard line and easily ran into the end zone. 14-7 Colts.To add insult to injury, the Jaguars yet again allowed another touchdown from Eric Ebron. This time a wide open 20-yard pass from Luck. The Jaguars had zero answers for the tight ends in this matchup.

Luckily for the Jaguars Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette were able to take a short field and score on a 3-yard rush by Leonard Fournette. Unfortunately, the extra point was blocked. 13-21 Colts. The Colts would build on their lead with a one-yard touchdown pass to a made-up name. Mo Alie-Cox. All four Colts touchdowns have been to the tight ends today with Ebron accounting for three.

The Jaguars would take the next Colts kickoff a good 40 yards to set up a nice scoring drive for Josh Lambo as the Jaguars had to settle for three near the goal line. The Score would be 28-16 at halftime.

Some trickery for the Jaguars on their opening drive of the second half. The Jaguars were able to drive the ball down to the Colts 30-yard line and opted for a fake field goal pass with punter/holder Logan Cooke. Luckily Cooke was able to get it to O’Shaughnessy, good for a Jaguars first down.The Jaguars capped off the 75-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Fournette who was wide open. 23-29 Colts.

After a Josh Lambo 52-yard miss (his first of the year), the Jaguars defense would finally come alive. Telvin Smith would pick off Andrew Luck after the ball was bobbled and dropped by (insert).Unfortunately, the Jaguars offense could not muster enough of a drive to get within scoring range as Blake Bortles was under duress and the Jaguars running backs could find no room at all.

The Jaguars were able to get the ball back and Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense were able to drive the ball within field goal range. Lambo atoned for the 52-yard miss by nailing a 55-yard field goal. The score would be 26-29 Colts.

The Jaguars would get the ball back with a little over two minutes to go to tie or win the game. Blake Bortles and T.J. Yeldon were able to get the ball down to field goal range, however, the worst occurred. After a nice 13-yard completion to Rashad Greene Sr. he would fumble the ball.

The Jaguars would lose one of the most heart-breaking losses in the past couple of seasons.

Injury Notes: Jaguars Center Brandon Linder left the game with what appeard to be a signigicant right knee injury. Jaguars Left tackle Ereck Flowers also left the game for the Jaguars with a knee injury.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Blake Bortles to Donte Moncrief for six
    This Jaguars touchdown came in the first half as Jaguars Quarterback was able to find Donte Moncrief down the right sideline with a beautiful throw and catch for 80 yards.
  •  Leonard Fournette two touchdowns in return
    Although this was not one play, I feel as though Leonard Fournette made his presence known at least within scoring range as he was able to score twice in goal-to-go situations. Hopefully, he can pick up his running game in the coming weeks.
  • Josh Lambo 55-yard field goal
    Although Lambo missed a 52-yard field goal earlier in the day, he was able to nail a 55-yard field goal when we needed him to, to get within three points.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Blake Bortles?

Blake Bortles is surprisingly your player of the game. Although the Quarterback wasn’t perfect, he was able to get the Jaguars back within three with some quick decision-making. Blake Bortles went 26/38 for 320 yards and two touchdowns. Easily his best game in over a month, however, the Jaguars could not overcome a single costly mistake by the offense in Greene’s fumble.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars are an enigma. There really were no silver linings about today’s game. Although the Colts were held scoreless in the second half, it really did not matter much. The Jaguars were already way too far behind because of the 29 points allowed in the first half. The Jaguars are a ball-control and clock control team. If they cannot hang onto the ball for too long, bad things happen.

The Jaguars have fallen to 3-6 in what seems to be a lost season as the Titans upset the Patriots, and the Texans, although on a bye week, still look very good. The Jaguars nearly came back in a game most would have considered a for sure loss at halftime. There is some hope in some of the weapons on offense such as Westbrook and Fournette, however, there likely will have to be major changes on the offensive and defensive side of the ball next season.

The Jaguars inability to generate any sort of pass rush combined with their lack of discipline and miscommunication has completely derailed this defense, and I am not sure how they can come back from it. Unfortunately, it looks like the window that was opened for the Jaguars last season has closed.

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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