- First off, the Jaguars made it to the game on time and looked great in their black and white uniforms.
- Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert did a pretty nice job considering his shortened offseason. Gabbert was much better than his 9 for 16, 85 yard statline showed as he was a victim of four drops (two by Tiquan Underwood, one by Zach Miller and one by Mike Thomas).
- Deji Karim looked explosive as he returned a kickoff 84 yards and averaged 42 yards per return.
- Rashad Jennings continued his fine camp with a solid 6 carry, 28-yard performance.
- Linebacker Clint Session was very active and brings an attitude to the defense.
After that, things seemed to go downhill.
- The Jacksonville offensive line was less than stellar in pass protection, mostly thanks to the play of right tackle Guy Whimper who simply has slow feet. The interior line play wasn't much better.
- As noted above, the Jaguars wide receivers gave Blaine Gabbert little help as there was very little separation and worse hands. We assume that the entire corps of pass catchers will look better when Marcedes Lewis and Cecil Shorts return. A special shout out to Tiquan Underwood who again shows no reason why he should be suiting up on a football field.
- Defensively, free agent acquisition Paul Posluszny struggled mightily in coverage, something that could plague the team all season.
- The defensive line put virtually no pressure on New England quarterbacks, as they finished with zero sacks. Neither Aaron Kampman nor the newly acquired Matt Roth played, so those two could make the unit much better.
- The coverage in the secondary was sub-par, as David Jones and Terrance Wheatley gave up big plays consistently.
- Tackling was mostly poor, as the Jaguars poster child for missed tackles, safety Don Carey escorted several New England Patriots ball carriers down the football field.
- Special teams was mostly good, but punter Matt Turk's two shanks early on helped set up the Patriots with solid field position.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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