Jags-Bears After Further Review (Defense)

We had a chance to review the tape and took a closer look at some of the individual performances from the Jaguars defense in their 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears. Find out which players stood out for the right reasons, and the ones who stood out for the not so right reasons.

Jaguars defensive line- It was far from the dominant performance that the unit displayed in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay, but they were taking on a much better team in Chicago. Although they didn’t sustain a huge pass rush against the Bears 1’s, the Jaguars did bottle up Matt Forte and the Chicago running game.

Tyson Alualu - Despite receiving lots of local criticism from the Jaguars fanbase and media, Tyson Alualu is having a very good camp and preseason. Alualu notched the team’s only sack and has played very well in the team’s D-line rotation. Tyson is probably never going to live up to his Top 10 draft status but he is still a pretty good player and for a Gene Smith draft pick, that’s rare and fantastic.

Telvin Smith - The Jaguars rookie continues to show great speed and make big plays in his limited opportunities. Smith got a hand on a pass which led to a Josh Evans interception. Smith is fast enough to play passing downs and will grow into a starting role (and is probably capable right now). Great fifth-round pick.

Will Blackmon - Blackmon was not a lock for the roster coming into camp but he’s showed himself well in preseason both in the secondary and on special teams. Blackmon forced and recovered a Bears fumble on a kickoff return which led to points for the offense.

Nate Stupar - Stupar started in place of the injured Paul Posluszny and looked like a backup linebacker and special teams player. Stupar showed poor instincts, was often out of position and just looked slow for most of his time in the game.

Dwayne Gratz - Gratz had some highlights and led the team in tackles but was also flagged for a couple of penalties, although one pass interference looked extremely bogus. It was an up and down game for Gratz, but he did line up against some of the best receivers in the game and held his own.

Ziggy Hood - The former Steelers first-round pick had his best game in a Jaguars uniform as Hood was able to get in the backfield and made some plays. He doesn’t look like he’s going to be a full-time starter but he can be a nice player in the Jags rotation.

Josh Evans - The former Florida Gator made a big play on his interception and continues to look like an NFL player. He should move up the depth chart as he’s a better player than Chris Prosinski.

Andre Branch - Andre Branch has simply not looked good for most of his time in a Jaguars uniform and you have to think that his time might be coming to an end shortly. Branch certainly hasn’t lived up to his second-round draft status and gets handled far too easily by opposing tackles.

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