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Jaguars Defense Pitches 6-0 Shut Out against Red-Hot Colts

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JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts kicked off in their second matchup of the season, this time in Jacksonville, Florida at TIAA Bank Field. The Jaguars came into this matchup playing mostly for pride and respect.

Prior to the game, the Jaguars made multiple lineup changes with the most notable one being Ronnie Harrison starting for Safety Barry Church. Church has struggled all season at the strong safety position.

Other lineup changes included Patrick Omameh starting for injured Guard Andrew Norwell and ahead of last week’s replacement Chris Reed. Malik Jackson was also benched in favor of Marcell Dareus and Abry Jones at Defensive Tackle. Dareus was unable to play last week with an injury.

The Jaguars received the ball first, and after a good couple of check down passes from new starting Quarterback Cody Kessler, Carlos Hyde fumbled the ball in favor of the Colts. Hyde suggested earlier in the week that he wanted more carries and was disappointed with his use.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars defense came out flying. They were able to force Andrew Luck into a costly interception for the Colts. D.J. Hayden made a heck of a play on the right side of the field covering Colts Tight End Eric Ebron.

After the Colts received the ball again, Jaguars rookie safety Ronnie Harrison made his presence known, sniffing out a toss play on third and three allowing Linebacker Telvin Smith to make a play short of the first down.

The Jaguars remained to be undisciplined. After a great stop on third down for the Colts third drive of the game, Ronnie Harrison was called for a late taunting penalty. Rookie mistake or not, it proved to be costly for the Jaguars.

The rookie mistakes wouldn’t stop there. After the Jaguars were able to force the Colts into a field goal situation, Taven Bryan committed a personal foul on the long snapper which gave the Colts new life on offense. That makes it two personal foul/unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on that drive by rookies. A very undisciplined unit overall on defense.

After *all* of that. The Colts decided against better judgment to go for it on fourth and goal. Yannick Ngakoue was able to get in and stop the runner short of the goal line and the Jaguars would receive the ball at their own one-yard line.

After a short punt by the Jaguars and a short drive by the Colts, they decided to go for it again. Luckily Myles Jack and Telvin Smith had something else in mind. In an absolute beauty of a play, they were able to stop the running back short of the line to gain and force a fumble. Words do not do this play justice. Just watch:

After it was all said and done during that first half the Jaguars somehow would enter with a 3-0 lead over the Colts. The Jaguars defense has been lights out today.

Starting in the second half the Jaguars defense continued to make plays. Not allowing the Colts to do much with their first drive. As for the Jaguars offense, Kessler was unable to do much as far as passing the football under pressure all day. On the Jaguars only other scoring drive of the game, the Jaguars were able to use Cody Kessler and the Jaguars run game to get near the red zone. Unfortunately, they could not score a touchdown but they were able to make a field goal, putting the Jaguars up 6-0.

The Jaguars defense was absolute lights out all day. After a great play made by All-Pro Cornerback Jalen Ramsey at the end of the game, the Colts would run out of time. The Jaguars snap a seven-game losing streak to advance to 4-8 on the season and pitching a shutout. A well-deserved shutout at that.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Myles Jack/Telvin Smith tackle for loss/forced fumble
    As noted in the game recap, the Jaguars defense came to play and that included Myles Jack and Telvin Smith. This tackle for loss/forced fumble was probably the best play of the game and set the tone for the rest of the matchup.
  • D.J. Hayden Interception
    Hayden has been one of the better defensive backs for the Jaguars this season, and it showed today. He was able to get his first interception since around 2016 and the Jaguars first interception by a starting nickel defensive back in the regular season in years.
  • Ronnie Harrison game Saving Sack
    Harrison started the game for a struggling Barry Church, and, he did not disappoint. Flying all over the field leading up this his game-changing sack. Because of this, he was able to force the Colts to burn all their timeouts as the Jaguars got the ball back with a little over two minutes remaining.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey is absolutely the player of the game today. Not only did he play lights out against T.Y. Hilton holding him to 8 catches for 77 yards. Ramsey was also not on Hilton all game as sometimes Nickel D.J. Hayden was covering Hilton. However, even still holding Hilton to 77 yards is a great feat considering he has had back-to-back 100-yard games entering today’s game.

After the game, Ramsey called today’s game a “complete performance” by the Jaguars defense. And that it was. Holding a red-hot Colts offense to zero points is a great feat.

A little hat-tip to Josh Lambo as he was the only player today to score points for the Jaguars. Josh Lambo absolutely should be in the pro bowl this year as he has only missed three kicks this season.

FINAL WHISTLE

Both of today’s offenses were downright awful, but mostly the Jaguars offense being bad and the Jaguars offense being good. Kessler could not do much, other than check downs all day. His final stats were 18/24 for 150 yards 0 interceptions and 0 touchdowns. He was able to do what the Jaguars asked of him without making a mistake. Although Jaguar fans might not see much promise from him, if he can play similarly and get a little more protection, he could possibly help the Jaguars win more games down the final four-game stretch.

The Jaguars defense played lights out today. They were able to hold the red-hot Colts offense to 265 yards and 0 points. The Jaguars were also able to force a fumble and intercept Andrew Luck being +2 in the turnover ratio. One of the major differences today between Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler was Kessler’s ability to take good care of the ball and taking what the defense gave him. Although Kessler was only able to gain 150 yards, he still completed 18/24 of his passes. Kessler will likely start again against the Titans this upcoming Thursday for Thursday Night Football.

 

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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NFLPA seemingly responds to Jaguars, Coughlin about the word ‘voluntary’

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May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (center) looks on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars today issued their annual state of the franchise address to fans and media alike. During the press conference, Tom Coughlin addressed the audience regarding the status of the football team. During his speech, Coughlin spoke about the player’s attendance to voluntary offseason workouts which began on Monday. Only two players were missing from the workouts — Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith –, and Coughlin’s message was clear when he stated: “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance – and quite frankly, all our players should be here.”

One statement which stood out by Coughlin was made directly afterward “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of the team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.” This statement creates a sort of cloudy vision of what exactly voluntary means which is why the NFLPA decided to issue their own statement on what voluntary means to them:

Listen. Everyone would love if the Jaguars had 100% attendance at these sort of voluntary workouts. There is no doubt that great strides can be made in all facets of the offseason, however, there is a reason why these workouts have been made voluntary. NFL players have been overworked, and collectively bargained with the NFL in an effort to limit the workload over the offseason in order to produce a better product on the field in the fall.

Whether or not Jalen Ramsey or Telvin Smith show up for the few-week period of voluntary workouts should have no impact. Both athletes have proven themselves over the years plenty of times. Jalen Ramsey works out with his father in Tennesee every offseason. This has no changed, nor do I expect it to anytime soon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars official 2019 NFL Schedule revealed

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Dec 31, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Fireworks are shot over the stadium after game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released all 32 teams’ schedules ahead of the 2019 NFL season. We can finally get a closer look at when the Jaguars will play each opponent. The Jaguars have one prime time game this upcoming season on  Thursday Night Football at home against the Titans (week 3). The Jaguars open up against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Jaguars lost to the Chiefs last season 30-14.

Earlier today the Jaguars announced they will be playing in London on November 2nd against the Houston Texans. Last season the Jaguars played in London on October 28th.

As for the Jaguars bye week, it will once again come directly after the Jaguars London journey which is to be expected as they have had a similar schedule the past two seasons. The bye week will occur during week 10 after their matchup against the Texans in London.

The Jaguars will be closing out the season at home for the first time since 2011. They play the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule:

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 8

Week 2: @ Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 15

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 19

Week 4: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 29

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 6

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 13

Week 7: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 20

Week 8: vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 27

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans (London), 9:30 a.m., NFL Network, Sunday, November 3

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @ Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 17

Week 12: @ Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 24

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 1

Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 8

Week 15: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 15

Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 22

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 29

*All times are in EST

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REPORT: Jaguars claim former Cowboys guard Parker Ehinger

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Credit: DallasCowboys.com

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger off of waivers.

Ehinger spent the 2018 season with the Cowboys following two with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 4th round pick in 2016 was traded to Dallas last preseason, but spent the majority of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice. He also tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus as a rookie in 2016.

The 6-6, 310 lb guard has played in six career games, starting in five.

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