We had a chance to review the tape in the Jaguars 16-10 preseason opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Find out which players helped themselves and hurt themselves.
Chad Henne - The Jaguars starting quarterback looked like….he normally does. Henne had some misfires, a near interception and stared down his receivers. He did have to go up against the Bucs starters which figures to be a pretty improved defense. Gus Bradley said that Henne is “still the starting quarterback” so we’ll take him at his word. Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time before the reigns are handed over to the first-round pick.
Blake Bortles - As we mentioned in the “What We Learned” segment, Blake Bortles looked confident and competent in his first start. Bortles got rid of the ball, made mostly good decisions and showed solid arm strength on all of his throws but one, where his footwork and mechanics got sloppy and the ball floated (still a completion where Kerry Taylor came back to the football). Head coach Gus Bradley said that Bortles forgot a play call and called a different play and actually turned that “mistake” into another completion. To sum it up, Bortles looked like the best rookie quarterback of the weekend and it would be nice to see him get some snaps with the 1’s.
Jags Offensive Line- The first team offensive line protected Chad Henne well but couldn’t open much space in the running game against a tough Bucs defensive line including Gerald McCoy (the best DT in the game). Center Mike Brewster overshot two snaps over Henne’s head which killed a pair of drives in field goal range but other than that he really held his own against a very tough defender. Luke Joeckel held his own in his first start at left tackle but the interior of the line was mostly overmatched.
Jordan Todman - It’s tough to evaluate any of the Jaguars running backs as the holes they had to run through were few and fair in between. Although explosive, Todman doesn’t appear to have the ability to run between the tackles and take a pounding as an every downs back.
Storm Johnson - The UCF rookie looked a little tentative on a few runs as he tended to bounce his carries outside and missed a few holes. Johnson showed good vision in college and he can take the lumps of running between the tackles.
Denard Robinson - The former Heisman candidate showed more explosive running ability as he scored the Jaguars only offensive touchdown. Robinson still appears as if he will only be a specialty type of player but if the team can get him into open space they will have a weapon.
Marqise Lee - The former USC standout basically disappeared in his first game. Lee was called out by Gus Bradley for not running his routes like he was going to get the football and on 16 snaps Lee had no targets. Lee has had a pretty solid camp so his roster spot is pretty secure, but he’s going to have to show more effort to get on the field when the rest of the team’s receivers return from their various injuries.
Allen Hurns - The undrafted rookie is making the most of his opportunity as he led the team in receiving with two catches for 43 yards. Hurns is showing himself to a reliable target that the quarterbacks trust and with two or three open spots at wide receiver, Hurns is taking a step forward in securing one.
Mike Brown - Brown started his evening in poor fashion as he dropped two passes and had an offensive pass interference penalty. He then redeemed himself by making a tough catch in traffic and finished the night with a pair of receptions for 37 yards. Overall, it was more bad than good for Brown, although he did show an ability to get open against the Bucs 2’s and 3’s.
Kerry Taylor - Taylor made the most of limited reps as he caught a couple passes including a nice sideline reception where he came back for an underthrown Blake Bortles ball.
D.J. Tialavea - The undrafted rookie flashed a bit as he made a tough catch off a batted ball and did a solid job blocking. Tialavea has an excellent chance to make the roster.
After Further Review: Jaguars Offense
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