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Jaguars Defense Steals the Show With a 17-7 Victory Over Dolphins

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Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

 

JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins kicked off today at 1 P.M for their week 16 contest that consisted of dreadful play on the Jaguars side of things.

To open the game, the Jaguars started on defense. Starting on defense apparently was the wrong choice as the Dolphins were able to effortlessly go down the field and score on plays of 20, 31, 7, and 4 (touchdown). The overall drive was eight plays. Ryan Tannehill had a nice shovel pass to Brandon Bolden.

The Jaguars offensive drive went about how they have wanted it to go all season. Seven runs and six passes. The Jaguars were able to easily score after being bailed out by a roughing the passer penalty around the 25-yard line. On the back of Leonard Fournette from the two-yard line, he took it into the end zone with ease. 7-7 ball game.

Leonard Fournette had looked slow and indecisive in the past few weeks, and this week was no different. Unfortunately, with the injuries and suspension Fournette simply seemed to get out of shape which hindered his speed a great deal.

Nothing much occurred in the game until midway through the second quarter when starting Quarterback Cody Kessler fumbled the ball in an attempt to bring the ball back in. The fumble was so bizarre no one knows exactly what was going through his mind other than the fact that he had butter fingers. Dolphins recovered the ball at the Jaguars 33-yard line. This was a play that summed up the Jaguars season.

Luckily, the Dolphins were unable to score a touchdown on this drive. Only allowing a field goal attempt with that field position, the Jaguars defense did a great job. The Dolphins could not capitalize, however, as they missed what should have been an easy field goal attempt. The 47-yard field goal may not be easy by NFL standards; however, Jason Sanders had only missed one field goal all year until that kick.

A few plays after the Jaguars got the ball back, Right Tackle Josh Wells was forced to exit the game. A play after that, Cody Kessler was forced to exit the game, therefore, former Jaguars starting Quarterback Blake Bortles entered the game. Bortles was not able to get anything done and was sacked on third down to end the drive.

The Dolphins were not able to get anything going on their next drive as a sack by Calais Campbell effectively ended it.

Dede Westbrook is simply good at football. He may not have scored here, but on the Dolphins ensuing punt allowed for him to return the football with plenty of space. The Dolphins Punter may have saved a sure touchdown (which would have been his second in two weeks).

The Jaguars were forced to attempt a field goal as there were only four seconds on the clock. Unfortunately, Kai Forbath was not able to get the ball off the ground really and it fell short. It seemed upon further review the football actually hit the Long Snappers behind. Very confusing kick.

The Jaguars would start off with the football entering the third quarter. They were not able to get anything going after a couple of first downs as the drive stalled. After a punt to the Dolphins, the Jaguars were able to quickly get the ball back. Calais Campbell beat the tackle to quickly get into the backfield and force a fumble on the Dolphins running back Bolden.

The Jaguars would proceed to go backward after getting the football with a holding penalty and a Fournette 8-yard loss on a carry. What an abysmal drive the Jaguars had here The Jaguars would punt on 4th and 46. Mind you, the drive started on the Dolphins 17-yard line.

After a couple of three and outs by both teams, the Jaguars made a Quarterback change yet again. Blake Bortles would enter the game as Cody Kessler was finally benched instead of being forced out due to injury.

Upon entering the game, Blake Bortles used his legs to carry the Jaguars to around the 10-yard line. A couple of Dolphins penalties helped assist the Jaguars in that effort as well. Unfortunately, they were unable to capitalize with a touchdown and had to settle for a Kai Forbath 26-yard field goal. 10-7 Jaguars.

On the Dolphins ensuing possession the Jaguars defense would come up big as they are wont to do (at least last year). Telvin Smith picks off Ryan Tannehill for an easy walk-in touchdown. The score was set to 17-7 and the Jaguars sailing to victory.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Dede Westbrook Punt Return
    Dede Westbrook continues to be the Jaguars best offensive threat as well as special teams returner. Replacing Jaydon Mickens earlier this year he has come into his own and no longer fair catches every ball. This is a good thing as he was able to return the football near halftime to the Dolphins 40-yard line to at the very least set up for a makeable field goal.
  • Telvin Smith Pick Six
    The Play of the game came midway through the fourth quarter as Ryan Tannehill threw an ill-advised pass off of his back foot and right into the waiting arms of Telvin Smith who would return the football for a touchdown. This would seal the Jaguars victory.
  • Calais Campbell Forced Fumble and Recovery
    Campbell came to play today as he was able to bundle his 9th sack of the season with a nice forced fumble on an amazing tackle for loss on the Dolphins running back.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Calais Campbell is your Jaguars player of the game. With his tenacity and vicious block shedding, he was able to be behind the line of scrimmage. A TFL and a sack, he was able to hold the Jaguars defensive line accountable and allow for the linebackers to roam free making tackles. Easily the Jaguars overall best performance on defense this season, and Calais Campbell was a major reason for this. Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue provided the most pressure, both getting a sack. Malik Jackson was also able to get in on the action for his second sack of the season.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars got the victory today. Although many fans were almost hoping for a loss considering the draft ramifications, it is obvious this team still wants to win and they want to win their way. On the back of the defense and with a consistent running game. Although the running game was stalled plenty of times, there was enough there to keep drives alive and score points.

The Jaguars will currently be slated to pick 9th overall in the draft after coming into the game with the 5th overall pick. For the Jaguars, this may be okay as they want to win, however for the fans this might seem like a loss for the long-run. The Jaguars will have to count on other teams next week to move up, and they would have to lose to get the ball rolling.

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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