Jaguars vs. Eagles: What We Learned

The Jaguars were seconds away from notching their first victory of the preseason Thursday night in Philadelphia, but Eagles kicker David Akers booted a 34-yard field goal to send the fans at Lincoln Financial Field home happy. Let's see how our keys to the game and players to watch performed.

Five most important things for the Jacksonville Jaguars:

1. Stop the run. The Jaguars played mostly 3-4 again and did an excellent job of stopping the run. The Eagles gained just 66 yards on 19 carries, and their longest gain came from a DeSean Jackson reverse (15 yards).

2. More consistency from the quarterback position. Fail. David Garrard looked lost and wasn't as good as his 8/14, 93 yard, 0 TD/1 INT stat line showed. Todd Bouman improved from last Saturday, as he hit on 8/14 for 59 yards and a touchdown.

3. Convert some third downs. The Jaguars were four of 14 on third down for 28%. Still nowhere near good enough.

4. Play solid special teams. The Jaguars special teams was improved, as they only allowed one big return from Danny Amendola (punt return- 40 yards). Brian Witherspoon made some great tackles, and took a kickoff back 61 yards.

5. Another receiver needs to step up. The receivers weren't overly impressive, but it's difficult to put up numbers when the quarterback is constantly checking down. Jarett Dillard did have a fantastic 13-yard touchdown catch in traffic.

Players to keep an eye on:

1. David Garrard- Garrard was awful on Thursday as he threw a terrible interception, a mistake that most rookies wouldn't make. More than half of his passing yards came on one screen pass to Maurice Jones-Drew and it seems as if Garrard is regressing.

2. Troy Williamson- Williamson caught just one pass for 11 yards, but was open several times.

3. Eugene Monroe and Tra Thomas- Both tackles played very well, despite committing penalties.

4. Terrance Knighton- Knighton did a nice job of anchoring the Jags defense from the nose, but he didn't make it into the stat sheet.

5. Derek Cox- Cox with another DNP, but Tyron Brackenridge had another fine game.


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