Jaguars Preseason Breakdown- Defense

Anyone can read the bottom line on SportsCenter and see that the Jaguars dropped their preseason opener to the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-27. If you do a little more research you can find the box score and see that Luke McCown played well and some other players struggled. We at JagNation broke down the defense in Friday's preseason game and here's the report on how the guys actually played.

Defensive Tackles

Despite recording just one tackle on the stat sheet, Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was in absolute beast mode. The second-year rising star sucked up blocks with his 340 lb. frame and looked like the second coming of Albert Haynesworth. Knighton has an unbelievable quickness for a man his size and he could be one of the very best DT's in the league this year….. Aside from Knighton, undrafted journeyman Leger Douzable played well, making plays in the backfield on his way to a three tackle (one TFL), one forced fumble performance….. Ko Quaye made his presence known as he recorded a pair of tackles as well…. Walter Curry was virtually invisible.

Arrow up: Leger Douzable

Arrow down: Walter Curry

Defensive Ends

It was disappointing to see Aaron Kampman on the sidelines with a hat on, but Derrick Harvey helped overcome his absence. Harvey has looked excellent in training camp and he continued his dominant play in the game as he registered a pair of tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, forcing Philadelphia to double-team the third-year pro….. Larry Hart showed his quickness on a few occasions making a downfield tackle of Eagles quarterback Mike Vick, but he did make an error as he didn't hold outside contain, leading to a touchdown scramble by the convicted felon. Overall it was a good day for Hart as he recorded three tackles and knocked away a pass….. Second-year pro Julius Williams was active, but that's not always a good thing. Williams seemingly got away with a late hit on the sideline on Michael Vick, but was later flagged on a roughing the passer penalty. The Jaguars are going to need smarter play from a guy who will need an excellent camp to make this roster…..Jeremy Mincey played both end and tackle, and played pretty well, recording a pair of stops….Jeremy Navarre was active as he always is, tallying a pair of tackles.

Arrow up: Derrick Harvey

Arrow down: Julius Williams


The Jaguars played without the services of Daryl Smith, a team leader on defense. His absence showed early, as the Eagles were marching down the football field at will. MLB Kirk Morrison filled up the stat sheet as he's always done throughout his career making four stops, but he allowed a few plays over the middle of the field by not getting enough depth in coverage….Justin Durant had a nice game as he was able to run down tacklers with his elite level speed. Durant registered three tackles (one TFL) and a pass defensed…. Russell Allen, playing for Daryl Smith was solid, but unspectacular…..Tony Gilbert, who joined the team last week for his second tour of duty with the Jaguars, fit right in and was making plays. Gilbert led the Jaguars with five stops and the former Georgia Bulldog put himself squarely in the competition for a backup job at linebacker and on special teams…..Former Indianapolis Colt Freddy Keiaho had an up and down game as he was in on five tackles and recorded half a sack. Keiaho also had a personal foul penalty, a play that a five-year veteran shouldn't make….Undrafted rookie Jacob Cutrera showed himself well as he recorded a tackle and split a sack.

Arrow up: Tony Gilbert

Arrow down: Freddy Keiaho


All eyes were on Rashean Mathis as he suited up for the first time since his well-publicized spring holdout. Mathis played well despite receiving a phantom pass interference penalty….Mathis' counterpart, second-year player Derek Cox struggled in his first game as he allowed a few completions, including a 46-yard bomb from Vick to rookie Riley Cooper, who's not exactly noted as a speedster….Some other outlets have suggested that there is a cornerback competition between the veteran Rashean Mathis and second-year player Don Carey. Friday night should have put that to bed as Carey seemed to lost all too often on the field, allowing catches and he was flagged for a pass interference penalty. Scott Starks played well as he had tight coverage from the nickel position….William Middleton had an uneven game as he was a little late in coverage, but decent in run support….Scotty McGee was solid in coverage in his limited opportunities…Michael Coe recorded the Jaguars only interception and knocked away another pass.

Arrow up: Michael Coe

Arrow down: Don Carey


The wide open safety competition continues to be…well, wide open. None of the Jaguars safeties were anything remotely close to stellar. Gerald Alexander had two tackles and a pass defensed…. Sean Considine was solid but unspectacular….. Reggie Nelson was an absolute mess. Nelson's missed tackles showed that he's picking up right where he left off a season ago and if one game is any indicator, the Jaguars cannot depend on him….Tyron Brackenridge played plenty of safety and seemed to be uncomfortable and slow…. Anthony Smith started and made a fumble recovery. Through one preseason game, it appears as if the team has made an error by not addressing the safety position in the offseason.

Arrow up: Free agent safeties around the league

Arrow down: Reggie Nelson

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