Jacksonville Jaguars vs New Orleans Saints
Thursday, 8/9/18 @ 7pm, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
You can watch the game on CBS47/FOX30 in Jacksonville, as well as on the team’s live stream in select markets.
The Jaguars will be taking the field for the first time in 2018 to face the New Orleans Saints in preseason action. Although the game will have no regular season record implications, it could have significant implications on the order of depth chart.
Quarterback Cody Kessler has played very well during camp, keeping a high completion percentage and a low turnover rate. The 3rd-year QB also developed a strong connection with rookie wideout D.J. Chark, connecting on several impressive throws. Kessler should take the majority of first half snaps against the Saints, and has the opportunity to cement his status as backup QB if he outperforms Tanner Lee.
Corey Grant is another player to keep an eye on. The speedy running back finally has a chance to follow up his breakout performance against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, where he was heavily involved in the passing game, catching three passes for 59 yards. He will be competing with T.J. Yeldon for the second spot on the Jaguars RB depth chart. The Saints will most likely be without their 1st round pick rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport, who has struggled with a muscle pull during the majority of training camp. Davenport’s absence in the run defense could benefit Grant and Yeldon’s success.
Thursday will give us our first look at DJ Chark in action. After progressing quickly in training camp, he looks ready to advance to the WR3 spot. Look for improvement in Chark’s route running, in comparison to his college career where he had to rely on his speed to create separation.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jaguars seventh round pick Leon Jacobs will have a chance to prove he belongs as the starting SAM Linebacker. The rookie from Wisconsin has impressed in training camp, winning approval from LB Myles Jack.
11.Jaguars LB Myles Jack on rookie SLB Leon Jacobs: “He knows what he’s doing; that’s the coolest thing. The coach will ask him a question in meetings and he’ll be spot on, no hesitation. … I’m very excited to see what ends up happening on him, but he’s doing very good…"
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 5, 2018
UDFA cornerback Tre Herndon has been a consistent play maker during training camp, who will have to extend this success to the preseason if he hopes to compete for the nickel corner spot. Herndon will have the chance to do so against talented Saints receivers such as Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre’Quan Smith.
— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) August 1, 2018
Jaguars first round pick DE Taven Bryan is unlikely to see playing time, as he missed Tuesday’s practice with an abdominal injury. While nothing has been officially stated on Bryan’s status, I would expect the Jaguars to be cautious in order to avoid further injury to their first round pick.
Jaguars Bulldozed by Henry and the Titans in Route to 30-9 Loss
JAGUARS GAME RECAP
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans kicked off tonight for their second matchup of the season. After getting beat 9-6 in the first matchup in Jacksonville, the Jaguars hoped to enact their revenge this week in Nashville.
A couple of lineup changes included Barry Church being inactive with Ronnie Harrison starting at Strong Safety, and Taven Bryan starting for Malik Jackson at defensive tackle. Bryan starting there is a sign that perhaps Jackson will not be with the Jaguars for much longer.
The Jaguars started the game on defense and could not stop the run to save their lives with Abry Jones out, and Ali Ankou/Taven Bryan taking most of the opening drive snaps. A long 73-yard touchdown drive ended in a Derrick Henry four-yard touchdown.
The Jaguars could do nothing in the run game on their opening drive of the game and could not protect when needed to on a key third down. On the Titans’ second possession of the game new starting Strong Safety Ronnie Harrison was able to take advantage of an errant Marcus Mariota throw picking it off and setting the Jaguars up with a decent starting field position.
After the Jaguars drive stalled, the Jaguars were able to get on the board anyways with the Titans punt returner muffed the football. It ended up being picked right back up, however, he ran into the end zone for a safety. 7-2 Titans.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they simply are not a good team. After getting to the Titans three-yard line, Leonard Fournette could not push the ball in at all and unfortunately, the Jaguars turned it over on downs. The Titans play immediately following was a dreadful 99-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry. The worst play by the Todd Wash led Jaguars defense.
The Jaguars wouldn’t be able to do anything with their following offensive possessions and the Titans were able to net just a field goal, making the score 16-2 Titans.
A little fun fact before halftime:
Derrick Henry's 99-yard TD run took more time off of the game clock than the Jaguars' last offensive drive. pic.twitter.com/sRg4lzyeED
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 7, 2018
After the Jaguars received the ball to start the second half, there were a couple of good plays by Running Back Leonard Fournette. Unfortunately, both good runs were called back due to phantom holding penalties.
One key point to take away from this matchup is the inability to tackle by the Jaguars defense. They were terrible all game, and it showed. Missed tackles by 25, 21, 48, 50, and 36 occurred from the start of the game to shortly into the third quarter.
The missed tackles wouldn’t stop there. The Jaguars defense got gashed again right before surrendering a 16yard TD run by Henry yet again. The bleeding would not stop there as the Yulee Bulldozer was not done yet. On the next Titans possession, he took one carry for a 54-yard touchdown. With five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Henry had 11 cares for 219 and four touchdowns. Easily the best game of Henry’s career.
The following possession was all DeDe Westbrook as he was able to account for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars offense had a little life on an otherwise lifeless night.
30-9 Titans final score.
THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME
The Jaguars first points of the day came on a mistake by the Titans punt returner who muffed a punt and proceeded to run into the end zone to get tackled for a safety.
- Ronnie Harrison first career interception
After a poor throw by Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota, Jaguars starting Strong Safety Ronnie Harrison was able to snag his first career interception. Although the Jaguars defense did not do well at all tonight, they were able to at least come away with this.
- DeDe Westbrook Touchdown
DeDe Westbrook was able to have a nice night even though the rest of the Jaguars offense was not.
JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Although the Jaguars were not able to do much at all as far as offense, Cody Kessler still was able to at least do all he could and did not turn the ball over. Kessler was under pressure nearly the entire game and did not have nearly enough time to do anything in the way of passing the football on key downs. Kessler finished the game 25-48 for 240 yards and one touchdown. Many will say Kessler did not do enough, but in my opinion he did what he could tonight, and never quit even though he was under pressure almost every play. There were also several long drops by Jaguars receivers.
The Jaguars are bad. That much has been obvious all season, but it was put in the spotlight on national television tonight. Some of this has to do with injuries, some with talent, but the most damning factor was just lack of effort. There was no fight in the 4-8 Jaguars. No life at all on defense when they played probably their best 60 minutes of football just a few days ago.
The amount of missed tackles, blown assignments, and straight up poor effort on defense is inexcusable. For the Jaguars to say this game was about pride afterward is a shame, as there was nothing to be proud of at all. Expect some big-time changes to be made after the season, if not before.
The Jaguars will return to TIAA Bank Field next week against the Washington Football Team at 1 PM. There should be zero expectations for this game.
Jaguars vs. Titans Inactives: Barry Church a Healthy Scratch
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans have released their inactive reports ahead of their matchup tonight in Nashville. For the Jaguars, the biggest surprise is Strong Safety Barry Church being inactive after being benched last week for Rookie Safety Ronnie Harrison.
Church’s time in Jacksonville has seemingly come to an end after signing a long-term contract prior to the 2017 campaign. Harrison will assume the starting role for presumably the remainder of the season and the Jaguars likely will move on from Church during the offseason.
The Jaguars would save $6.25 million from releasing Barry Church after this season. They are currently expected to be above the cap, so expect more moves including this one from Church to be made after the season.
Abry Jones is also inactive and Eli Ankou will assume his snaps. With D.J. Chark inactive for the third straight week, Rashad Greene will continue to get snaps at receiver with Moncrief, Cole, and Westbrook.
Jaguars inactives: WR DJ Chark, RB Dave Williams, S C.J. Reavis, CB Tre Herndon, S Barry Church, OL Josh Walker, DT Abry Jones.
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) December 6, 2018
Titans Inactives for Thursday Night #JAXvsTEN
DB Dane Cruikshank
RB David Fluellen
RB Jeremy McNichols
G Aaron Stinnie
T Tyler Marz
DE Matt Dickerson
OLB Kamalei Correa
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 7, 2018
There are no surprises from the Titans inactive report.
Jaguars vs Titans: Wednesday Status Report, Chark and Jones Out
The Jaguars and Titans had unique practice schedules so in lieu of doing multiple hypothetical injury reports we decided to simply give you the final run down. The injury report and status updates here will show who will be missing Thursday night’s game.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans have released their Wednesday status/injury report ahead of their Thursday Night matchup tomorrow in Nashville. For the Jaguars, they came into the weak hobbled, however with a couple of rest days, they have been able to lessen the blow almost completely.
Only D.J. Chark and Abry Jones will miss tomorrow nights matchup. Chark has missed the past two games with a quad injury. Even Jalen Ramsey, who was questionable heading into the game this past Sunday, is not listed on the injury report.
The only other players listed on the report for this game are Safety Cody Davis and OL Josh Walker. Both are listed as questionable. Rashad Greene will yet again replace D.J. Chark at Receiver while Eli Ankou will replace Abry Jones. Jones has been a force in the middle of the Jaguars defense in recent weeks defending the run, so he could be missed this Sunday. This may lead the Jaguars to start Malik Jackson at the three-technique position. Jackson has had some struggles in the run game.
If Josh Walker cannot play, Patrick Omameh will once again be the immediate backup to either tackle position with Chris Reed filling in his role at left guard. This is by far the shortest injury report the Jaguars have had in many weeks.
Below are the status reports for both teams:
WR D.J. Chark (Quad): OUT
NT Abry Jones (Shin): OUT
S Cody Davis (Hamstring): Questionable
OL Josh Walker (Foot/Ankle): Questionable
S Dane Cruikshank (Knee): OUT
RB David Fluellen (Knee): OUT
WR Darius Jennings (Knee): Questionable
LB Derrick Morgan (Knee): Questionable
The Titans have a similar injury report to the Jaguars. With only four people listed with a status, they are as healthy as they could hope for. The only injury they might be concerned about is to pass rushing Linebacker Derrick Morgan. If he cannot go, the Titans will be a tad short on depth at that position.
Just as the Jaguars are with Davis, the Titans will be missing one of their special teams safeties. Other than that, they are completely healthy with Fluellen not providing much at the RB position anyways.
The Jaguars (4-8) and Titans (6-6) kickoff tomorrow night at 8:25 PM EST.
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