Some Positives For the Jags

After Thursday night's 24-17 preseason loss to the St. Louis Rams, Jaguars fans appear to need some sort of pick-me-up. Although the team looked downright brutal at times, it wasn't all bad. We're here with the positives from the preseason finale.

There were a few very good individual performances from the men wearing teal and some roster spots may have been won, instead of won by default. Here are some of the individuals that stood out.

Jackson de Ville- The self-proclaimed best mascot in sports had his zany antics going on full blast Thursday night as he kept the crowd entertained and in good spirits, mostly. (Just kidding).

Jamar Newsome- With one wide receiver position up for grabs, Newsome did his very best to snatch it. The UCF grad led the team with four catches for 83 yards and averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return. Newsome showed himself to be a very valuable player but had to leave the game with a hand injury late.

Nate Collins- The journeyman defensive tackle made the most of his final opportunity as he had six tackles, four tackles for loss and the Jaguars only two sacks of the preseason. Collins dominated the Rams line and proved that he should be in the defensive line rotation.

Jeremy Mincey- After missing the team's third preseason game, Mincey played very well against Roger Saffold Jr. and hurried Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. A bubble player at the beginning of camp, Mincey has earned a starting job.

Rashean Mathis- Mathis wasn't involved in a lot of plays Thursday night, but he finished a very solid preseason with some more solid play. His open field tackle on Danny Amendola showed that he is a more physical player than many believe, and a move to safety in the future is a possibility.

Deji Karim- Karim may not be Maurice Jones-Drew, but he's a pretty good knock-off. Karim showed more great burst when given the football and he has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Karim may be called upon more if Rashad Jennings knee continues to be an issue.

DuJuan Harris- The undrafted running back from Troy continued to run hard as he scored a rare Jaguars touchdown. Harris looks good on film and likely earned a roster spot on someone's team.

Blaine Gabbert- Gabbert looked mostly comfortable in the pocket and was pretty accurate throwing the ball. His post-corner route to Jamar Newsome was a throw that Jaguars fans haven't seen made by one of their own in a decade.

Dawan Landry- After a few questionable plays a week ago, Landry played very well in run support and in pass coverage. That's to be expected for what the team is paying him, but it's nice to see it displayed.

Do the positive performances by a handful of players erase the utter ineptitude from the starting quarterback and offensive line? Probably not, but it wasn't all bad for the Jaguars on Thursday night.

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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