Jaguars Game Balls

With starting jobs and roster positions on the line, the Jaguars found a way to get their first victory of the preseason. We are going to examine which players stood out in the Jaguars 19-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Game ball #1 Offensive guard Vince Manuwai- This was an enormous game for the native of Hawaii and he came up bigger than his giant calves. Manuwai started at right guard and played extremely well- well enough to win his starting job. The Jaguars finally broke the century mark in rushing, and Manuwai was a big reason for it.

Game ball #2 Running back Brock Bolen- Brock Bolen is seemingly buried behind a talented group of running backs, but Saturday night Bolen made the most of his opportunity. Bolen gained 26 tough yards on seven carries and he even led the team in receiving with four catches for 40 yards. Bolen may not earn a roster spot next week, but he will make it a very difficult decision for the coaching staff.

Game ball #3 Wide receiver John Matthews- Matthews didn't really figure in to the Jaguars plans at wide receiver as many thought of him as little more than camp fodder. Saturday night, Matthews continued his assault on a roster spot as he made a spectacular diving catch on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Luke McCown. Matthews has put himself into the conversation for one of the final roster spots.

Game ball #4 Wide receiver Mike Thomas- Thomas is purely a lock to win the starting job opposite Mike Sims-Walker and Thomas found himself open Saturday a lot. Thomas caught five passes for 30 yards in the victory.

Game ball #5 Jacob Cutrera- The Jaguars rookie linebacker is trying to earn a roster spot as an undrafted free agent and Saturday evening helped his cause. Cutrera recorded five tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage, sacked quarterback Rudy Carpenter and even defended a pass. Cutrera is in the running for the final linebacker spot.

Game ball #6 Special teams- The Jaguars special teams units have been nothing short of spectacular throughout the preseason and Saturday night was no exception. The coverage units held Tampa returners to just a 16.3 ypr on kickoffs and an amazing .5 ypr on punts. Scotty McGee helped his cause for a roster spot as he averaged 28.5 ypr on kickoffs including a 47-yard return to open the game. Kicker Josh Scobee connected on all four of his field goal attempts and punter Adam Podlesh averaged 45 ypp.

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