What We Learned Against The Redskins

The Jaguars closed preseason as winners as they took down the Washington Redskins, 17-16. Let's see how our preview played out on the field.

It wasn't a thing of beauty, but if you're going to keep score you might as well win.  The Jaguars did that and got plenty of young guys a lot of good work on Thursday night.  Let's see how the position battles played out in our game preview. 

Position Battles

1. Wide Receiver. Bryan Walters and Tony Washington didn't make it easy for the Jaguars coaching staff to decide on one guy.  Walters led the team with five catches for 42 yards, while Washington had two catches for a team-leading 45 yards.  Playing in his first preeason game, seventh-round pick Neal Sterling got into the action by catching three passes for 38 yards.  Sterling clinched a spot on the practice squad if some team doesn't pick him up.   

2. Running Back.  Corey Grant saved his best for last as he led the team in rushing with 74 yards on just five carries, including a 40-yard touchdown sprint.  Grant also made plays on special teams and caught the only ball thrown his way....Bernard Pierce ripped off a 41-yard run which he showed great burst....Storm Johnson continued his lackluster preseason and training camp as he dropped a key third down pass and averaged less than one yard per run. 

3. Defensive end.  Cap Capi and Chris Smith continued to stand out as they routinely blew past the Redskins backup offensive tackles and each registered a sack.  They both have rush skills that you can't teach, and both should make the roster.   

4. Safety.  Craig Loston had a tough break as he injured his ankle early on and had to be carted off the field.  In his absence, James Sample played very well and showed a brand of physicality.  Josh Evans continued his up and down play at the position, but could make the roster due to Loston's injury. 

Other Stuff

1. Chad Henne needs to play better. Henne didn't play at all on Thursday, but the fact remains that he should play better.  Stephen Morris went the entire way for the Jaguars and his improvement from last year to this year is significant.  He should make the practice squad and possibly compete for the backup job next season. 

2. Some pressure on the front office about Myers.  After missing a 56-yard field goal early on, the Jaguars put Jason Myers into the perfect presason situation: a game-winning field goal attempt.  Myers connected from 47 yards and the Jaguars went on to win the game.  It's a meaningless kick in the standings, but it will give Myers confidence when they really count.   

3. Catch the football.  The Jaguars did a better job of catching the football.  They were backup receivers, but they did a nice job.    

4. Run the football.  The team was able to get yardage in chunks on the ground, but it's tough to make a lot of it in a preseason game No. 4.   

5. Force some turnovers.  The Jaguars had an interception by Thurston Armbrister called back due to a penalty, and had their hands on a few other Colt McCoy passes.  That's a start.  

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