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Jaguars Slip-Slide Their Way into 16-13 Loss to Redskins

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Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins came into this game with very little to play for. Washington started a quarterback who had not started an NFL game in seven years. Johnson also had not passed the football in the regular season in the same amount of time before last week.

The Jaguars came into this week having made moves which typically would happen during the offseason. Getting rid of veteran safety Barry Church and releasing Niles Paul from injured reserve. They continued the theme in a different way today by making Carlos Hyde a healthy scratch. All signs are now pointing to the Jaguars releasing Hyde in the offseason and saving $4.75 Million on the 2019 salary cap.

The Jaguars started the game on offense and proceeded to turn the football over within five plays. Cody Kessler would fumble the football after having a nice 12-yard first down run a couple of plays prior.

The turnover would set Washington up near field goal range, however, the Jaguars would make sure they did not go much further as Calais Campbell came up big on third down with a sack to force the Washington three-and-out.

Washington’s first scoring drive would come after a shanked punt by Logan Cooke which would only travel a ~30 yards. It would be only three points allowed for the Jaguars defense, which is impressive considering their woes coming into today’s game. 3-0 Washington.

An interesting lineup change for the Jaguars was at kick returner. Instead of putting Rashad Greene back there as the Jaguars used to do in recent weeks, Leonard Fournette was the Jaguars kick returner. Fournette returned kicks for LSU during college.

A couple of minutes into the 2nd quarter the Jaguars had just -5 yards passing. Some might say that is bad. The Jaguars had an opportunity to make a big play midway through the second quarter. Lerentee McCray was able to get a piece of a Washington punt which could have, and maybe should have been blocked for a safety or a touchdown. Unfortunately, the ball only was deflected and resulted in what would normally be a severely shanked punt.

On a short field, the Jaguars were finally able to take advantage. A couple of nice Cody Kessler runs, and the Jaguars were at least able to get into field goal range. Newly signed kicker Kai Forbath would nail a 33-yarder. Regular starting kicker Josh Lambo was out with a groin injury. 3-3 tied ball game at this point in the second quarter.

At this point in the ballgame Kessler has had 44 yards rushing, however, he had also been sacked a total of four times.

The Jaguars were forced to punt the ball which resulted in Logan Cooke’s best punt of the season by far. A 72-yarder which Washington had no shot at returning. The Jaguars defense would force Washington to punt quickly after.

On the ensuing punt return, wide receiver Dede Westbrook would spark a new life in this Jaguars team as he was able to take the ball 74-yards for a Jaguars touchdown. Westbrook is possibly the Jaguars best offensive player and it showed even on special teams today.

10-3 Jaguars and this would be the first time all season the Jaguars were able to take the lead back after trailing this season. Remarkable.

Washington would receive the 2nd half kickoff and drive the ball downfield enough yards to kick a field goal cutting the lead to four points at 10-6 Jaguars. The Jaguars would do nothing with their opening opportunity as the same woes that plagued them, continued to plague them. No pass protection and very little focus in the run game.

On Washington’s ensuing possession what seemingly was the rookie first-round pick Taven Bryan’s first career sack turned out to be simply a tackle for loss. Johnson (Washington’s Quarterback) was scrambling within the pocket, however, was ruled to be running. Bryan has been flipping between 3T and 5T during the season and is finally starting to get enough playing time to grow.

On the Jaguars ensuing possession, they were able to march down the field via the running game with Williams, Westbrook, Yeldon, and Kessler. While the Jaguars were not able to get much going in the passing game, an end around a run of 20 yards by Westbrook and a 20-yard Scramble by Kessler, as well as another 15-yard run by Williams would set the Jaguars up nicely in field goal range.

Kai Forbath would extend the Jaguars lead with a 41-yard field goal to seven points. 13-6 Jaguars.

One important note during this second half is Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars former fourth overall pick was not on the field at all the entire 3rd quarter and into the 4th quarter. Essentially, Fournette had been benched during this contest.

Washington would methodically drive the ball down the field and end it with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Jeremy Sprinkle. The game now 13-13.

Just when the Jaguars were looking to take the lead again on a nice drive which started with a crazy 25-yard run by Leonard Fournette (Fournette was injured on this play), the Jaguars would hurt themselves yet again. Following a pass interference by Donte Moncrief, Cody Kessler would sail a ball which was tipped and quickly intercepted by Washington.

What looked to be a Jaguars victory quickly turned into a devastating loss as Washington was able to easily march down the field, get into field goal range and burn the clock. As time expired Washington hit a 33-yard field goal to seal their victory. Final score 16-13 Washington.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Dede Westbrook 74-yard punt return TD
  • 20-yard Dede Westbrook end around
  • Calais Campbell first-half sack

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Dede Westbrook:

Many fans believed Westbrook should have been the player of the game last week against the Titans, however, with how that game went I couldn’t figure out who to give it to anyways. This week was obvious, and it was Dede Westbrook. Westbrook was the only player today to really do anything of note on offense and special teams. With a 74-yard punt return touchdown, this was a no-brainer.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars let everyone down yet again with their disappointing offensive play. Not only could they not hang onto a late seven-point lead, but they also were not able to stop Washington when they needed to, to at least hold it to a tied ball game.

A silver lining for Jaguars fans is the Jaguars will now pick 5th overall for now after today’s matchups. This will help the Jaguars ability to snag a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft. If they are able to hold onto the 5th overall pick or get higher, I believe they will have a very good shot at one of the two top-ranked quarterbacks (Haskins and Herbert).

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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