After Further Review- Jaguars Defense

Following two exciting, victorious preseason games the Jaguars laid a major egg in their third exhibition as they were pounded by the Baltimore Ravens, 48-17. JagNation takes a look at the film and breaks down the good and bad play from the defense.

Tackling- The Jaguars tackling was as bad as it's looked since the days of Don Carey patrolling the secondary. Supposedly the team went hard in practice last Tuesday and there was very little left for an exhibition game. If that's the truth or not, the team will need to play better when the real bullets fly on September 9th.

Rashean Mathis- It was good to see #27 back in action for the Jags, but he must have drawn the short straw as his first assignment was Torrey Smith. Smith has world class speed and is ready for a breakout season as he had his way with not only Rashean, but each of the Jaguars cornerbacks who attempted coverage.

Russell Allen- Allen is no longer the nice story of the undrafted guy who made the team. He will likely start the season as the Jaguars weak-side linebacker and he has to play better than he has all of preseason. Allen was late in coverage for much of the Ravens game and was one of the many who missed a multitude of tackles.

Terrance Knighton- It's time to drop the charade and start Knighton. He's clearly the Jaguars most talented defensive tackle and he showed great quickness on Thursday night. Knighton was able to loop in for a sack and had good penetration against a pretty solid Ravens offensive line for much of the evening.

William Middleton- There is some video evidence of Middleton getting burned/schooled by Torrey Smith, but he wasn't alone and that will happen to a lot of guys this year. Middleton was solid overall and should be viable in dime situations.

Paul Posluszny- There's no reason for panic after a preseason loss, but Poz missed several tackles and was out of position in coverage. He was a stud last year so the sky isn't falling but he needs to be better in two weeks.

Andre Branch- The rookie has had a very solid training camp and preseason and continues to be able to get pressure on a semi-consistent basis. The Jaguars have a potentially excellent line with Branch opposite Mincey, and Knighton and Alualu healthy.

Aaron Ross- Aaron Ross shouldn't be confused with Darrelle Revis, but he must be better than he showed on Thursday. Far too often Ross was late in coverage and he was another convict guilty of poor tackling.

Kevin Rutland- Rutland is clearly on the roster bubble and he didn't help himself late in the game. Rutland missed tackles and just looked like he wasn't ready to play football.

Antonio Dennard- When you're trying to make a roster as an undrafted rookie you need to do something to "flash." Dennard flashed on Thursday as he picked off Tyrod Taylor and returned the ball 45 yards for a touchdown. The play alone won't guarantee him a roster spot but he put himself on the coaches radar.

Special teams- Bryan Anger averaged 46.1 yards per punt with two downed inside the 20 and one touchback. Anger's first punt had little hang time which led to a nice Ravens return.....Josh Scobee missed a 30-yard field goal.....The kickoff coverage team allowed a 63-yard return to Deonte Thompson.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering 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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