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Jaguars Defense, Special Teams Come Up Big In Sloppy Victory

Demetrius Harvey



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


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.


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.


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.


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 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 vs. Patriots Week Two Inactives: Fournette Out, Campbell Starts

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) reacts during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for the game today.  For the Jaguars star running back, Leonard Fournette is out today with a hamstring injury. However, Calais Campbell who was added late to the injury report with a knee injury is expected to start today.

There was speculation before the game that Campbell could be out. It is possible the Jaguars limit his snaps this week.

Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon will start ahead of Fournette. Corey Grant will also look to get in on the fun after only having one touch last week against the Giants.


One surprise on the Jaguars inactive list is rookie linebacker, Leon Jacobs. Although he was injured this week with the ankle injury, he was thought to have been progressing. Look for linebacker Larentee McCray to take his place at SAM linebacker.




For the Patriots they are without their starting right tackle in Marcus Cannon. They also get back their starting running back in Rex Burkhead as well as their first-round pick, rookie running back Sony Michel.


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Jaguars Promote Running Back Brandon Wilds, Release WR Rashad Greene

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back runs the ball Brandon Wilds (38) in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jacksonville Jaguars today have promoted Running Back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. As a corresponding move, the Jaguars have released veteran Wide Receiver Rashad Greene Sr.

This move should not come as too much of a surprise as starting running back Leonard Fournette has been nursing an injured hamstring all week, and TJ Yeldon was added to the injury report yesterday with an ankle injury.

The move might indicate that either Fournette will not be playing in tomorrows matchup against the New England Patriots, or Wilds will simply be insurance in case the star running back goes down again. Either way, it is something to keep an eye on as the Jaguars announce their inactive report around 90 minutes prior to kickoff tomorrow.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots: Friday Injury Reports, Fournette Questionable

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 9, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) takes a handoff from quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have officially released their Friday game status injury reports ahead of their week two matchup in Jacksonville, Florida. For the Jaguars coming into this game against the Patriots, all eyes have been on star running back Leonard Fournette as he nurses a hamstring injury. Today, the Jaguars officially listed him as questionable. Fournette has not been able to practice the entire week and will have to prove to the Jaguars training staff as well as the coaching staff he is good to go.

If Fournette is not cleared look for TJ Yeldon to take over as the Jaguars starting running back this weekend. It is also likely the Jaguars would elevate running back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad as they currently only have two running backs besides Fournette on the 53-man roster. Corey Grant would also more than likely receive his bulk of the carries in the event Fournette cannot go.

As for the rest of the Jaguars players, the only player who was a late addition to the Jaguars injury report was running back TJ Yeldon. He, however, will play this Sunday as that injury has seemingly been deemed minor.

Below are the Jaguars and Patriots official gameday statuses:




RB Rex Burkhead – Concussion (Limited participant)
T Marcus Cannon – Calf (Limited participant)
DB Keion Crossen – Hamstring (Limited participant)
RB Sony Michel – Knee (Limited participant)

For the Patriots their most notable players on the injury report are running backs Burkhead and Michel along with tackle Marcus Cannon. Burkhead being out this week against the Jaguars for the Patriots is notable due to the lack of weapons at the running back position. If Burkhead and Michel cannot go the Patriots will likely lean on running back James White for the bulk of the carries. I would, however, anticipate at least one of the two running backs to be active this Sunday.

If Marcus Cannon is out this week, then the Patriots will turn to LaAdrian Waddle at the right tackle position. Waddle is a journeyman and more than likely would struggle against the Jaguars front four.

For the Jaguars as well as the Patriots both teams are relatively healthy. The areas to watch will continue to be the running back positions and how the Jaguars, as well as the Patriots, handle the situation. With Fournette as a true game-time decision, keep a close eye on the Jaguars inactive report 90 minutes before kickoff this Sunday.


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