Jags-Falcons, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Jaguars dropped their final preseason game to the Atlanta Falcons, 24-14. We didn’t learn a lot from the preseason finale as the Jags sat most of their expected starters. We are going to look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Thursday’s game.

The Jaguars dropped their final preseason game to the Atlanta Falcons, 24-14. We didn’t learn a lot from the preseason finale as the Jags sat most of their expected starters. We are going to look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Thursday’s game.

The Good



In a game with few highlights for the home team, the one that stands out is rookie quarterback Blake Bortles 57-yard touchdown strike to fellow rookie Marqise Lee.

"I probably waited too long to get to Marqise, but he did a good job of beating his guy off the line, getting downfield and making a play,"Bortles said after the game.

It was one of the rare drops that Bortles had that he was not under pressure and he moved the Falcons safety with his eyes before lobbing a perfect toss to Lee who was three yards behind his defender.

Bortles finished his night 4-6, 86 yards, 1 touchdown and a 149.3 rating.

Ryan Davis played his Leo role to near perfection as he was able to affect the passer with 1.5 sacks in the game. We know the whole “playing to make the roster in the final preseason game” is pretty much overrated, but it would be a near shocker if Davis didn’t make the final 53.

The Bad



We have to start on the defensive side of the ball with tackling. The Jaguars missed an abundance of tackles, capped off by a 66-yard catch and run by Antone Smith.

The Jags secondary was also roasted pretty good by T.J. Yates, who has barely looked like an NFL quarterback prior to this game. Yates stood firm in the pocket and delivered strike and after strike to open men all over the field. The Falcons backup completed 15 of 20 passes for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns.

What was also bad was the Jaguars offensive line. They yielded 3 sacks and 5 quarterback hits, and also paved the way for just 45 yards rushing on 19 attempts.

The Ugly



Two things stand out like a sore thumb. The play of rookie quarterback Stephen Morris was simply awful and center Michael Brewster. Morris’ numbers looked okay- 12-18, 92 yards, 0/0- but he simply played much worse. Morris was highly inaccurate, even on check downs and simply couldn’t go through his progressions. At no time did he look like he should collect a check to play quarterback in the National Football League.

With a starting job and roster spot for that matter, on the line, Mike Brewster finished preseason like he started it- with another bad snap. Brewster started Weeks 1 and 2 and found himself playing center in the fourth quarter of the last preseason game. At this point it would be unlikely that Brewster survives Saturday’s final cuts.

"When you have a couple bad snaps in the first game and then you throw a low one back there in the last game, I mean, yeah, it's not a comforting feeling," Brewster said. "But I know I can play in this league. I have played in this league.


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