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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 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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