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Jaguars Defense, Special Teams Come Up Big In Sloppy Victory

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) exchange jerseys after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

GAME RECAP:

The Jaguars got off to a pretty good start in the first half against the New York Giants. Although Blake Bortles threw an interception to Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins on the team’s second drive of the game, he bounced back, delivering a few dimes to put the Jaguars into a great position to take the lead 13-3 over the Giants.

T.J. Yeldon would take a short Bortles pass into the endzone for a touchdown. A very efficient drive led by Bortles and Dede Westbrook. Westbrook had catches of 20 and 17 yards on this drive.

Late into the second quarter, the Jaguars defense played a little sloppy. Allowing the Giants to convert a third-and-long, and then being penalized for two pass interference penalties. One by Barry Church, and the other by all-pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

This allowed the Giants to get deep into the red zone. After a Jaguars stop, the Giants would kick a short field goal with the score at halftime being 13-6. Leonard Fournette was hurt during the second quarter with a hamstring injury. He would not return.

The Jaguars continued to be severely undisciplined on defense to open the second half. A holding and facemask penalties were called to extend the Giants drive. The Jaguars surrendered yet another field goal mostly due to these penalties of five and 15 yards, respectively.

The Jaguars first drive of the second  half ended much like how the defense has played thus far in this game. Undisciplined. A few false start penalties by second-year left tackle Cam Robinson ruined this drive by the Jaguars which started with a great 41-yard run by Blake Bortles.

Jacksonville’s defense would come in and force a couple more punts by the Giants, doing their best to maintain the 13-9 lead going into the fourth quarter. After a stalled Jaguars offensive drive the Jaguars defense were able to do what they did very well last season.

After some pressure from Ngakoue on quarterback Eli Manning, Abry Jones tipped a pass perfectly into Myles Jack’s hands who would run for a 32-yard pick six. This is the Jaguars defense we all know and love. Playmakers.

Unfortunately, this high was short lived, as on the very next drive rookie Giants RB Saquon Barkley would take a 68-yard run all the way into the endzone for his first NFL TD. The Jaguars defense had several missed tackles on the play.

The Jaguars offense was not able to do anything in the second half. At least six punts. The Giants attempted to drive the ball to around the Jaguars 40, going for it on fourth down with a great play by D.J. Hayden, the ball fell incomplete. The Jaguars offense milked the clock to around the 55 second mark with the Giants out of time outs, and then it happened.

D.J. Chark ran down the field to cover a punt return and forced a muff punt that linebacker Donald Payne recoverd. Game over.

THREE BIG PLAYS:

Blake Bortles 41-yard run

Although the Jaguars did not capitalize on it, the 41-yard run Blake Bortles had in the 2nd half of the game was nothing short of impressive. Great vision and awareness on an option run to get the Jaguars out of the deep end of their side of the field. He took the run from the Jaguars 9-yard line to the 50-yard line.

Myles Jack pick-6

Myles Jack had himself a day and he capped it off with a great, and much needed 32-yard interception return for a touchdown. This was very much a defensive team effort. Yannick Ngakoue brought the pressure, and Abry Jones tipped it right into the linebacker’s hands.

Muffed punt recovery

The absolute play of the game of course is the “last” play of the game. The Jaguars were able to run down the field and force a huge muffed punt only to recover it and allow a couple of kneel downs for victory.

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

The player of the game was an easy one for me: Linebacker Myles Jack.  Jack was all over the field for the Jaguars defense today. Making multiple sound tackles showing off his speed. It was not a perfect game for the Jaguars defense by any measure, but Jack was easily the best player on the field for this today. Jack was able to pick the ball off giving the Jaguars more cushion against the Giants.

FINAL WHISTLE:

A win is a win is a win, and that is exactly what the Jaguars did. Going into week two, the Jaguars absolutely must be more disciplined. The Jaguars had 11 penalties for 119-yards, a lot of those yards coming from the defense. Holding calls along with pass interference penalties hurt the Jaguars for most of the day.

Although the stat line doesn’t show it, quarterback Blake Bortles did not have a terrible game. It was not a good one for the quarterback, however he figured out plenty of ways to get the job done, especially in the first half. The Jaguars play the Patriots at home next week. This will be a much-anticipated rematch. The Jaguars will hope to get back running back Leonard Fournette as he was not able to finish the game today with a hamstring injury.

 

 

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 linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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