The scoreboard said that the Jaguars lost their second preseason tilt to the Tampa Bay Bucs, 24-23. That said, Jaguars fans have to feel a little better about their football team. JagNation goes beyond the box score to give you the real analysis of Saturday night's game.
1. Troy Williamson- Williamson stepped up for the second straight game as he caught three passes for 147 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown strike from quarterback David Garrard. Williamson has always had the ability to get open and he's been showing an increased ability to catch the ball in the team's first two preseason games.
2. Eugene Monroe- Monroe was rock solid in his second preseason game as he stoned Tampa's Gaines Adams and anyone else who lined up across from him.
3. Adam Podlesh- Podlesh all but ended the punting competition as he averaged 48.3 yards per punt and had all three punts rest inside the 20-yard line.
4. Chauncey Washington- The Jaguars backup running back ran hard and moved the pile as he gained 32 yards on just four carries and showed a very good burst and power. Washington's running style is similar to Edgerrin James.
5. David Garrard's down-field passing- Garrard has been criticized for not having much down-field accuracy, but he hit Troy Williamson in stride for a big touchdown pass to open the game, and later hit Williamson on a square-in that was perfectly placed.
6. Tyler Lorenzen- The Jaguars undrafted tight end caught a 20-yard touchdown pass on a seam route and put himself in contention for a roster spot with rookie sixth-round pick Zach Miller hurt.
7. Tyrone Brackenridge- The Jaguars corner recorded four tackles, and was very quick to the football.
8. Sean Considine- What Considine lacks in physical skills he makes up for with his heady play. Considine has been the team's most consistent safety and at this point looks like a home-run type of signing.
9. Terrence Knighton- Although Knighton didn't make the stat sheet, he took up space and took on blockers, making it possible for the Jags linebackers to make plays.
The not so good:
1. Tiquan Underwood's hands- Underwood dropped a couple passes, and had another bounce off his fingertips that would've given the team a victory on a two-point conversion. His hands may cost him a spot on the Jags 53-man roster.
2. Brian WItherspoon's kickoff return- Witherspoon is in a battle for his job and he didn't do himself any favors as he handled a kickoff that was likely heading out of bounds on the three-yard line, then proceeded to step on the sideline.
3. Todd Bouman- Bouman was terrible on nearly every drive, as he completed just 9 of 25 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.
4. Tackling- The Jaguars missed several tackles all night long and must tighten up and get opposing ball carriers to the ground.
5. Special teams kickoff coverage- Russ Pernell's special teams unit continues to leave something to be desired as Tampa's Sammie Stroughter returned a kickoff 75 yards.
6. Garrard holding the football- Although David Garrard's play was much improved over Monday evening, he did hold the football entirely too long and took some bad sacks.
7. Steve Weatherford- Weatherford had a tough job ahead of him if he were to unseat former fourth-round draft pick Adam Podlesh for the Jags punting job, and he didn't help himself by averaging just 40 yards per punt.
8. Line domination- The Bucs second-string offensive line pushed around the Jags second-team defensive line en route to a 159 yard, 38 carry performance.
9. Third down non-efficiency- The Jaguars first-team offense converted no third downs and the team was just 2-14 on third down (14%). That's not good enough to win games in the NFL.
The Jaguars first-teamers outscored the Bucs first-string 14-3. That's the good news, and really the only score you should pay attention to. The Jaguars struck on the first play and their offense didn't look anywhere near as anemic as it did Monday night. David Garrard gave the team some reason for hope as he hit on a few long passes to Troy Williamson, but he still continues to hold onto the ball and at times looked inconsistent and unsure. Garrard and the Jags first team offense converted no third downs, and failed on their only fourth down attempt. The Jaguars backup quarterback situation is still an utter nightmare, as Todd Bouman struggled mightily. The Jaguars offensive line was much improved, but their defensive line yielded some big gains on the ground. Special teams coverage units are still not up to par, but the punting game with Adam Podlesh was improved. The Jaguars wideouts were solid for the most part, but Tiquan Underwood dropped a few passes. The Jaguars running backs were solid, but it was clear that they were trying to work on their down-field passing attack, and they did find some success with the first team.
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