Offensively, quarterback David Garrard struggled mightily throwing the football, as he couldn't go through progressions, was mostly inaccurate and held the ball too long when there were opportunities to get rid of it.
Overall, David Garrard looks like the same quarterback he's been for the past three seasons- great athletic ability, but unable to make plays with his arm on any consistent basis. Garrard's only touchdown drive against the Bills defensive starters (without Shawne Meriman and Chris Kelsay) came by him completing just one pass to Marcedes Lewis for 12 yards on a throw that was behind the 6-foot-8 inch target. The other nine plays were aided by runs or Buffalo penalties. Garrard finished 11 for 21 for 106 yards and a rushing touchdown, most of the passing damage done when the Bills pulled their defensive starters.
How did Blaine Gabbert do?
Putting it short and sweet, not great. Gabbert's first drive began with a sack and ended on a three-and-out (although his third down pass was dropped by Armon Binns). His next drive showed why everyone in the Jaguars organization is excited as he hit rookie Dontrelle Inman on a perfectly thrown 22-yard deep post then through a nice comback to Greg Ellingson. Gabbert capped the drive with a perfectly thrown 11-yard touchdown toss to DuJuan Harris. The rest of Gabbert's night was somewhat mediocre as he completed 6 of 13 throws for 52 yards, the one touchdown pass and a terrible interception late in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the Jaguars were playing without starters Tyson Alualu, Aaron Kampman, Jeremy Mincey and Clint Session. Still, Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like Joe Montana in his prime as he completed his first 11 throws and finished 11 for 12, for 165 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. It was abundantly clear that Fitzpatrick was the best player on the field.
The Jaguars tackling was poor, their coverage was lacking due to a non-existent pass rush and aside from backup linebacker Jacob Cutrera's pick-six against Tyler Thigpen, there were really no big plays from that unit.
The Jaguars are left with more questions than answers....again. David Garrard is the same mediocre quarterback who seriously limits Dirk Koetter's playbook......The rookie behind him may be no worse, but he's not any better right now either....The defense is depending on a player with two torn ACL's in two years to look like a solid unit and has many deficiencies in coverage.
In two weeks the Jaguars and every other NFL team will be 0-0, so preseason performances will take a back seat. That said the Jaguars look no better than the team that dropped its final three games last season with the playoffs on the line.
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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