Jacksonville Jaguars News
8-25-15: Blake Bortles continued his progress with the Jaguars this past weekend, as he helped the offense to two field goals in the first quarter of a 22-12 loss to the New York Giants. Bortles wasn’t perfect, but connected on 8 of 16 passes for 98 yards before hitting the sidelines. Allen Robinson continued his strong summer and was Bortles’ main go-to guy in the passing game, as he secured three balls for 64 yards. Jacksonville’s rushing game struggled yet again this past weekend, with Denard Robinson leading all rushers with just 19 yards on 3.2 yards per carry. Rookie tailback T.J. Yeldon is the hopeful answer to Jacksonville’s running game issues, but he’s been out with a finger issue. Yeldon figures to make his pro debut in the team’s third preseason game, however, when the Jaguars will go up against the Detroit Lions.
8-18-15: The Jacksonville Jaguars did something in their first preseason game they haven’t done much of the past few years: they won. Blake Bortles looked strong overall, as he ran for a touchdown and put up 118 yards on 11-15 passing. Rookie rusher T.J. Yeldon sat out of his first preseason game, giving way to Jacksonville’s backup rushers. Denard Robinson took full advantage of the opportunity, as he compiled 22 yards on four attempts. While the Jags seemed to make offensive strides in their first preseason game, they also lost some top notch talent. Safety Jonathan Cyprien was ruled out for the remainder of the preseason due to a broken hand, while star tight end Julius Thomas suffered a mild fracture in his hand. Both players are out for the rest of August, but could return in time for the start of the regular season. Jax will look to stay healthy in week two of preseason play, when they battle the New York Giants.
8-12-15: The Jacksonville Jaguars can’t catch a break with second-year wide receiver Marqise Lee, who is once again on the shelf with a calf injury. Lee is fighting for a role in the offense, but is currently slated as the team’s slot receiver. Lee’s constant injury issues almost certainly cements Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns as the team’s top starting receivers, while the Jags have also been talking about using two tight ends a lot in their base offense. Doing so should free up pass-catcher Julius Thomas, with superior blocker Marcedes Lewis likely sticking on the line to help block. The Jags have few lingering questions outside of second-year passer Blake Bortles’ development, but they’ll get a good look at him and the entire offense when they hit the field for their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday.
8-5-15: Things appear to be somewhat fluid when it comes to the wide receiver corps in Jacksonville, as Allen Hurns is slated to start with Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee looks to be the leading man out of the slot. The fluidity could come in how Lee develops over the next month and whether or not he can prove he’s the man that should be across from Robinson. One thing that doesn’t appear fluid is troubled receiver Justin Blackmon’s status. Blackmon reportedly remains suspended and is not expected back with the team at any point this season. The Jaguars have been no stranger to reclamation projects, however, as former Auburn quarterback is trying to latch onto the team as a cornerback. Marshall is still a long shot to make the squad, but so far has looked solid in camp. While the news is largely positive for the Jaguars, they should be without Sen’Derrick Marks during the preseason. The defensive tackle is eight months removed from a torn ACL but still has his sights set on a week one return.
7-28-15: The Jacksonville Jaguars’ receiving corps is starting to take form. The team released slot man Ace Sanders recently and will be pushing for second-year wide receivers Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee to secure the top two jobs. The biggest storyline at Jaguars camp remains the development of Blake Bortles, who will work with said receivers, as well as newly acquired tight end Julius Thomas, when camp opens for veterans on July 30th. Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon has already hit the practice field and reportedly already has the playbook down. If Yeldon can show well early in camp and preseason play, he could end up being a featured starter right away in week one.
7-22-15: The Jacksonville Jaguars put up one of the weakest offensive attacks in football a year ago. In 2015, it’s clear they’ve at least made an effort to rectify that. Rookie tailback T.J. Yeldon is expected to win the starting job, failed free agent tailback Toby Gerhart should slide into an h-back role and Allen Robinson reportedly looked “unbelievable” at OTAs. The team even paid big money to land stud tight end Julius Thomas, putting a good amount of pressure on second-year passer Blake Bortles to take a huge step in his development. Marqise Lee has disappointed and may end up being the team’s third receiver at best to start the year, but the arrow seems to be pointing up overall for a formerly shaky offense. Fans will get a good look at Yeldon and fellow rookie Rashad Greene when the rookies report for training camp on July 27th, while the remainder of the team will file in on the 30th. Jacksonville will have to go to work on defense without #3 overall draft pick Dante Fowle Jr. (knee surgery), but Gus Bradley’s unit should continue building off of a solid 2014 showing.
5-4-15: An argument can be made that no NFL team had a better draft than the Jacksonville Jaguars this past weekend, as they nailed a ton of key needs and wound up with several plays that could make immediate impacts. None may be more important that explosive edge rusher Dante Fowler, who they secured with their #3 overall pick and could easily be a force to be reckoned with right away as a rookie. Second round pick T.J. Yeldon represented killer value, though, as the bruising and agile Alabama product projects as Gus Bradley’s lead back in what figures to be a run-heavy offense. Jacksonville didn’t stop finding value in round two, either, as they added solid guard prospect A.J. Cann to beef up an inconsistent offensive line, snagged interesting slot man Rashad Greene to round out their receiving corps and found powerful defensive tackle Michael Bennett all the way in the sixth round. Tight end Ben Koyack was a luxury add deep into the seventh round, but was a terrific value pick due to excellent balance and solid athleticism. Jacksonville discovered a litany of solid values in this year’s draft and in total came away with a rather impressive slate of players. Here’s the full list:
Round One - Pick 3: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
Round Two - Pick 36: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
Round Three - Pick 67: A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
Round Four - Pick 104: James Sample, S, Louisville
Round Five - Pick 139: Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
Round Six - Pick 180: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
Round Seven - Pick 220: Neal Sterling, WR, Monmouth
Round Seven - Pick 229: Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame
4-9-15: Jacksonville Jaguars tickets haven’t been a hot commodity, but that could slowly start changing in 2015. Gud Bradley could be putting the finishing touches on one of the league’s better defenses, as the Jags re-signed Tyson Alualu and brought in defensive tackle Jared Odrick to shore up what could end up being a stout defensive line. Jacksonville’s secondary should also be improved, as they signed former Packers cornerback Davon House and also brought in Sergio Brown. The biggest signing of all was tight end Julius Thomas, who they snagged out of Denver and could end up providing a rising offense a much-needed lift in the red-zone.
3-9-15: The Jacksonville Jaguars failed to make the playoffs once again in 2014, but fans were finally blessed with some real signs of progress. Blake Bortles showed some visible strides in his rookie season and the team got flashes of brilliance out of wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. With their sights set on landing stud tight end Julius Thomas, Jacksonville could be ready to take it to the next level on offense. If they can also get an impact runner like DeMarco Murray, they could be in for a dramatic turnaround in 2015. They’ll need to improve their offensive line for that to really happen, of course, and the recent signing of offensive tackle Jermey Parnell figures to be a great start. Their pass rush improved by leaps and bounds last season, but they’ll also be on the search for help at defensive end.
12-29-14: Even with Blake Bortles struggling, the Jaguars held multiple leads against the Houston
Texans. However, Jacksonville struggled in the fourth quarter, as it allowed the final nine points of the contest, allowing the Texans to win, 23-17. With their loss on Sunday, the Jaguars were unable to get a road victory in 2014.
12-23-14: The Jaguars allowed the visiting Tennessee Titans to score the first 10 points of Thursday’s contest, but Jacksonville bounced back to put up 21 consecutive points and eventually won, 21-13. The final of the three Jaguars touchdowns scored was a 62-yard run by Jordan Todman. Jacksonville won two of its final three home games to finish with a 3-5 record at EverBank Field this season.
12-17-14: Before the game, the Jaguars lost their best rusher of 2014; they recently placed Denard Robinson on injured reserve with a foot injury. Then, Jacksonville’s offense struggled on Sunday in Baltimore, as Blake Bortles was unable to get his team into the end zone. Josh Scobee made four of his five field goal attempts, including two successful ones from 53 yards, in the Jaguars’ 20-12 loss.
12-9-14: The Jaguars bookended the first half with scores to give themselves a 13-10 lead over the visiting Houston Texans. Blake Bortles connected with Allen Hurns on a four-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and Josh Scobee made 33-yard and 37-yard field goals in the second frame. Unfortunately, Jacksonville did not score in second half as the team fell, 27-13.
12-3-14: The Jaguars’ first half on Sunday was very poor against the visiting New York Giants, as Jacksonville gave up the first 21 points of the game. However, the Jaguars bounced back to score the next 22 points. Then, after a Josh Brown field goal gave the Giants the lead
back late in the fourth quarter, Blake Bortles led a 55-yard drive that culminated in Josh Scobee’s eventual game-winning 43-yard field goal.
11-26-14: The Jaguars stayed winless on the road with their 23-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Jacksonville scored three points in the first quarter, but could not put any more points on the board for the rest of the game. Blake Bortles threw for just 146 yards and had an interception and a fumble.
11-19-14: After coming home from their game in London, the struggling Jaguars will play five of their final six contests of 2014 on Sundays at 1:00. The only exception will be a home contest against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Jacksonville plays two of its last four games against the Houston Texans.
11-12-14: After going 1-3 at home in 2014, Jacksonville played its fifth “home” game of the season in London at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars lost by 14 points at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, a team that has been very good away from home this season. The Jaguars now get their bye week before traveling to Indianapolis for Week 12.
11-5-14: Denard Robinson continued his strong performance on the ground, as he ran for 94 yards
and a touchdown on 17 carries. Unfortunately, Jacksonville fell to 1-8 on the season with
the 33-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the Jaguars will look to build on their
strong offensive performance as they travel to London to face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10.
10-30-14: Denard Robinson ran the ball well again, as he took 18 rushes and turned them into 108
yards. Unfortunately, his team got into the end zone only once on Sunday in the 27-13
loss to the Miami Dolphins. In addition, Blake Bortles added to his turnover total, as both
of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns.
10-21-14: Denard Robinson was the team’s lead running back on Sunday, and he put on a show for the Jacksonville crowd as the Jaguars got their first win of the season. Robinson accumulated 127 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 24-6 victory. Jacksonville looks to make it two victories in a row as the team hosts the Miami Dolphins in Week 8.
10-14-14: Toby Gerhart was inactive in Week 6 with a foot injury, but Cecil Shorts was active. Blake Bortles completed 32 of his 46 passing attempts for 336 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Jaguars continued to struggle with their rushing game. In addition, the Tennessee Titans sacked Bortles six times in the Jaguars’ 16-14 loss.
10-8-14: While the Jaguars’ division is not very strong, their starters continue to play inconsistently, as they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-9. The Jaguars have already started two quarterbacks this season and are currently using a running back by committee. Fortunately for Jacksonville, the team’s schedule starts to get easier with the Jaguars taking on the Titans in Tennessee in Week 6.
10-1-14: The Jaguars were fighting hard in the first half in San Diego and had multiple leads in the second quarter, but could not get anything going in the second half. Rookie Blake Bortles completed 29 of his 37 pass attempts for 253 yards and a touchdown, but he threw two interceptions and his team’s running game could not gain too many yards.
9-25-14: For the second straight week, Jacksonville allowed more than 40 points while scoring fewer than 20 points. In front of their home fans for the first time this season, the Jaguars allowed the first 30 points of the game and eventually lost, 44-17, to fall to 0-3 on the season. However, Blake Bortles, who will be starting in Week 4, replaced Chad Henne to start the second half and threw for 223 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
9-17-14: The Jaguars have played three very poor halves since starting the season on a great note. Despite the team’s struggles, head coach Gus Bradley said that Chad Henne will remain Jacksonville’s starting quarterback. Unfortunately, Henne will not have tight end Marcedes Lewis for six to eight weeks due to a high ankle sprain. This upcoming Sunday, the Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts, who are surprisingly 0-2 as well.
9-10-14: The Jaguars jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first half in Philadelphia on Sunday with a terrific half by undrafted rookie Allen Hurns. He caught four passes from Chad Henne for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, the team could not score in the second half and fell to the Eagles, 34-17.
9-4-14: Chad Henne and the Jaguars are heavy underdogs for their regular-season opener on Sunday in Philadelphia. Blake Bortles put some pressure on the incumbent quarterback after the rookie had a strong preseason. In Jacksonville’s preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons, Bortles completed four of his six pass attempts for 86 yards and a touchdown.
8-26-14: Blake Bortles continues to look like the better Jaguars quarterback, but head coach Gus Bradley is still planning to start Chad Henne in Week 1. Bortles completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 158 yards and one touchdown while Henne had just five yards per attempt and did not get into the end zone. We will have to see how long it will be until Bortles takes over the starting job.
8-19-14: On Thursday, Blake Bortles once again outplayed Chad Henne, who remains the starting quarterback for the regular season. Bortles threw for more yards than Henne, but the incumbent was the only Jaguar to throw for a touchdown in this game. Running back Toby Gerhart played in his first preseason game with Jacksonville this past weekend and although he did not rush too well, he did not have any problems with his hip.
8-14-14: Even with projected starting running back Toby Gerhart out due to a hip flexor injury, the Jaguars beat the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday in their preseason opener, 16-10. While Chad Henne is expected to be the Week 1 starter, rookie Blake Bortles completed a team-high seven of 11 pass attempts for 117 yards. He and the rest of the team hope to have Gerhart back for Thursday’s game at Chicago.
8-5-14: The Jaguars’ league-worst scoring offense in 2013 seems to be giving Chad Henne the keys to the offense. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said that his quarterback can audible as much as he wants to in his third year in Jacksonville. We will have to see how he performs in the team’s preseason opener against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
7-30-14: The hype train won’t cool down for new Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart. Coaches and league insiders have been talking the former Vikings back up all summer, suggesting he’s “faster than advertised” and that Adrian Peterson’s former backup could see 20-25 touches per game in 2014. Jacksonville got some bad news on the passing game front, unfortunately, as number one wide receiver Cecil Shorts III sustained a hamstring injury and is expected to miss “several weeks”. Fellow receiver Ace Sanders also gives Jacksonville’s receiving corps a hit, as he was served a four-game ban by the NFL. Backup tight end Clay Harbor is another casualty, as he is projected to miss “about a month” with a calf injury. Lastly, the team has admitted publicly that they are disappointed with wide receiver Justin Blackmon (who is expected to be suspended for the year), but continue to say they have no plans to cut ties with the former first round pick.
7-15-14: Toby Gerhart has been the hot topic for the Jaguars this summer, as Jacksonville has slowly let it be known that he is indeed going to be their featured running back. A long-time backup to Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, Gerhart is hoping to prove his critics wrong by being an effective starter. He should have every opportunity to do just that, as the Jags are said to be interested in getting him over 20 total touches per game. Jacksonville’s already improving offensive line should get a solid boost when training camp opens up for veterans on July 24th, as right tackle Austin Pasztor (shoulder) should be back at full strength.
6-5-14: Despite drafting UCF quarterback Blake Bortles third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars have remained adamant that their new franchise passer will not see the field at all this year. Getting Bortles on the field quicker would likely boost Jaguars tickets sales, but the team instead plans to roll with Chad Henne for the entire season. Elsewhere, the replacement plan for often troubled wide receiver Justin Blackmon (out for season) hasn’t exactly gone swimmingly, as second round pick Allen Robinson will already miss several weeks with a hamstring injury.
5-19-14: The Jacksonville Jaguars appeared to be headed in the right direction with competitive play in 2014 and a strong showing in free agency. Let’s break down their 2014 draft class and see if their moves in this year’s draft stayed the course:
Round 1. Pick 03 Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Round 2. Pick 07 Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Round 2. Pick 29 Allen Robinson, WR, Penn St.
Round 3. Pick 29 Brandon Linder, OL, Miami (FL)
Round 4. Pick 14 Aaron Colvin, DB, Oklahoma
Round 5. Pick 04 Telvin Smith, LB, Florida St.
Round 5. Pick 19 Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
Round 6. Pick 29 Luke Bowanko, G, Virginia
Round 7. Pick 07 Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
The Jaguars probably aren’t going to send their fans off fetching Super Bowl tickets just yet, but they really did have an amazing draft in 2014. They surprised just about everyone by selecting UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the #3 overall pick, giving them a legit franchise passer with great size, a good arm and nice athleticism. Bortles is expected to take the field in 2014, but offers a good amount of upside for 2015.
Jacksonville didn’t stop there, though, as they prepared for life without wide receiver Justin Blackmon, drafting two very talented receivers in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson and round two. Both first round talents, Lee and Robinson not only are insurance for the often troubled Blackmon, but both will also be young, talented weapons that can grow with Bortles.
Elsewhere, the Jags grabbed some much needed depth for their still improving defense, while they also grabbed solid offensive lineman Brandon Linder in round three.
5-9-14: The Jaguars definitely needed a quarterback heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, but few actually expected them to take one with the #3 overall pick. They shocked the world early on in the first round, though, as they plucked homegrown Central Florida product Blake Bortles off the board. Bortles offers the prototypical size and arm strength, while also possessing deceptive athleticism. Fully expected to be eased in behind current starter Chad Henne, Bortles was a solid splash and a fantastic long-term investment at the game’s most important position.
4-28-14: Jacksonville didn’t have a ton of wins to show for it in 2013, but they appear to have the right coach and system in place to start making bigger strides going forward. With that said, they still need a lot of help. They’ll surely be looking for their franchise quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, while they may also want to think about beefing up their already progressing defense. The word on the street is that the Jags will wait until the second round to select a quarterback, where they hope a sleeper like Eastern Illinois product Jimmy Garoppolo resides. That should allow them to make a major splash on defense with their #3 overall pick, hopefully netting them a stud pass rusher in Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack. If both of those guys are gone, it’s entirely possible they revert course and just take the best quarterback available, which could be Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel.
4-18-14: Gus Bradley leads his Jacksonville Jaguars into the fire in his second season in 2014, and it will all start with a tough preseason schedule. The Jacksonville Jaguars preseason schedule gets started at home against fellow Florida-based Tampa Bay in week one, followed by a trip to Chicago to battle the Bears in front of a national audience. It gets serious in week three, as the Jags should offer up a real look at their week one starting lineup when they take on the Detroit Lions on the road. With a steadily improving defense and some quality additions, Jaguars fans will get a good idea of how much their Jacksonville squad has improved against an explosive Lions team. The backups will continue to compete to round out the roster come week four, as Jax finishes up August at home in style against the Atlanta Falcons.
4-7-14: Jacksonville kicked off the 2014 offseason by ending the failed Blaine Gabbert experiment, shipping him off the the 49ers for a late round draft pick. That led them to bring back Chad Henne to be the bridge for their next franchise passer, who they are fully expected to select in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Jaguars also made the decision to move on from aging running back Maurice Jones-Drew, as they brought in career backup Toby Gerhart to take over in the backfield. Jacksonville continued to build up their improving defense, as well, as head coach Gus Bradley brought in defensive linemen Red Bryant and Chris Clemson, two solid holdovers from his days with the Seattle Seahawks.
3-21-14: The Jacksonville Jaguars officially moved on from the Maurice Jones-Drew era, as they brought in former Vikings backup running back Toby Gerhart to take over the backfield. The team also moved on under center, as they sent failed franchise passer Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers for a sixth round draft pick. Jacksonville was busy elsewhere, beefing up their offensive line with former Broncos guard Zane Beadles, while also strengthening their defensive line by bringing on defensive tackle Ziggy Hood and former Gus Bradley pupil Chris Clemons. The Jaguars were a lot more competitive in 2013 than their record ended up suggesting, and with some key signings and a good draft, could be gearing up for a surprisingly solid 2014 season.
12-31-13: Following an 0-8 start, the Jacksonville Jaguars wanted nothing more than to march into Indianapolis and cap their second half of the season with another win. That wouldn’t happen. Chad Henne threw for 331 yards and a touchdown, but Jacksonville never got the ground game rolling in a 30-10 rout by the hands of the Colts.
12-24-13: Maurice Jones-Drew played through an injury and offered up 69 total yards, but it wasn’t enough to help the Jaguars hold onto a late 16-6 lead at home. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed the comeback for the Tennessee Titans, as he tossed the deciding touchdown just 35 seconds into the final quarter, giving the Titans the 20-16 road victory.
12-17-13: Chad Henne threw for 237 passing yards and two touchdowns, but was also sacked five times and tossed two interceptions in a close 27-20 home loss to the Buffalo Bills. Jordan Todman stepped up with Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined with an injury, as he piled on 150+ total yards in the loss.
12-10-13: Jacksonville struck early with two Chad Henne touchdowns and did enough late to hold onto a win over the visiting Houston Texans, 27-20. The win gave Jacksonville their fourth win of the season and their fourth in the past five weeks.
12-3-13: Jacksonville wasn’t supposed to be earning wins with regularity. Not after starting 2013 at 0-8. They continued to defy logic in week 13, though, as they earned a thrilling 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns on the road. Maurice Jones-Drew threw a touchdown pass and Chad Henne had two more, while Jax forced Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden into several mistakes for their third win in their last four contests.
11-26-13: Just a few weeks ago Jaguars fans were wondering if their team would win a single game in 2013. Now they’re wondering if they’ll ever stop. The Jaguars’ defense played gritty football and picked off Case Keenum late to seal a hard-fought 13-6 win, giving the Jags their second win in three weeks following an 0-8 start.
11-19-13: Jacksonville was looking for it’s second straight win against the Arizona Cardinals in week 11, a week after earning their first victory since November of 2012. They wouldn’t get it, however, as Arizona scored the final 13 points of the game in a 27-14 home defeat.
11-12-13: The Jaguars knocked Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker out of the game in week 10 (foot) and held on for their first win of 2013 with a narrow 29-27 victory on the road. The Titans couldn’t get anything going on offense early, while the Jaguars simply took advantage of three Tennessee fumbles and converted touchdowns when in scoring position - something they had struggled with all year.
10-30-13: Jacksonville didn’t come close to beating the 49ers in London in week eight, as they simply had no answer for the 49ers’ dominant rushing attack in a 42-10 bone-crushing loss. The Jaguars did try to make it interesting by converting on 3-of-5 fourth down attempts, but simply couldn’t get it done in the red-zone as they suffered their eighth straight loss to start the 2013 season.
10-22-13: A week after giving the Denver Broncos all they had to offer, the Jacksonville Jaguars seemed to run out of gas in a 24-6 home loss to the San Diego Chargers. Maurice Jones-Drew struggled his way to just 31 rushing yards in a game that got out of hand early, while Chad Henne passed for over 300 yards and hooked up with injured wide receiver Cecil Shorts eight times. In the end, the Jaguars simply couldn’t run effectively on offense nor stop the run on defense in the home defeat.
10-15-13: The Jacksonville Jaguars were 26-point underdogs as they entered their week six contest with the Denver Broncos. Let’s hope you didn’t shoot for the spread. The Jaguars gave bettors fits in week six, as they picked off a Peyton Manning pass and returned it for a score in the first half, helping to keep an eventual blowout close until late in the game. Justin Blackmon kept things interesting on offense, too, as he hauled in a whopping 14 receptions for 190 yards to help the Jaguars move the ball more consistently than anyone fathomed. The Broncos adjusted and ended up putting this one away late, however, taking a 35-19 win into week seven.
The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their season-long struggle in week five, as even the return of wide receiver Justin Blackmon couldn’t help the offense enough to get the team’s first win of 2013. Blackmon certainly provided a spark and made things interesting early, however, as he ended the day with over 130 receiving yards and a touchdown. Blackmon’s efforts simply weren’t enough in the end, however, as Jacksonville once again got erratic play from quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and could not sustain an effective rushing attack with Maurice Jones-Drew. Backup quarterback Chad Henne entered the game in the final quarter for an injured Gabbert and made it close with a scoring strike to make it a seven point deficit, but the Jaguars couldn’t slow down Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and fell on the road, 34-20.
10-1-13: Jacksonville’s rough 2013 only got worse in week four, as Blaine Gabbert returned from a hand injury to toss three interceptions and help the Jaguars offense put up just one score in an embarrassing 37-3 blowout loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts. Jacksonville actually had some success limiting Indy’s rushing attack, as they allowed running back Trent Richardson just 60 yards on 20 carries. However, the defense was gashed by backup running back Donald Brown on a 50-yard run and couldn’t stop the Colts’ passing game all day. More importantly, the offense turned the ball over three times and absorbed four sacks in an ineffective performance that forced their defense’s back against the wall from the start.
9-20-13: The battle of arguably the two worst teams in the entire NFL took place in week two, as the Jaguars visited the Raiders in a late afternoon contest. Jacksonville struggled to generate any offense throughout this clash, but really found it difficult to move the ball once their top playmaker, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, exited for good with an injury. MJD finished with just 27 rushing yards on the day. Quarterback Chad Henne did help Jacksonville to their first nine points of the 2013 season, but took five sacks and simply couldn’t do enough to get the win. On the other side, Darren McFadden took advantage of the matchup to top 100 rushing yards in this one, while Terrelle Pryor relatively played mistake-free football in the 19-9 home win for Oakland. The loss drops Jacksonville to 0-2 on the year. Next week, they head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
9-10-13: The Jacksonville Jaguars had optimism entering this matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, but could only put a safety on the board as they fell to the Chiefs 28-2. Jacksonville’s offense struggled mightily throughout the game and even lost starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a hand injury. Things really couldn't have gone worse for the Jags, who have to hope that week 2 against the Raiders in Oakland is better.
9-3-13: Here are the Jags final roster cuts as they head into the regular season: QB Matt Scott, QB Mike Kafka, CB Marcus Trufant, WR Jeremy Ebert, DE Pannel Egboh, RB Jonathan Grimes, LB Brandon Marshall, WR Charly Martin, OT Pat McQuistan, OG Drew Nowak, CB Kevin Rutland, DT D'Anthony Smith, LB Julian Stanford, WR Toney Clemons, DE Ryan Davis, DT T.J. Barnes, OT R.J. Dill, TE Ryan Otten, WR Tobais Palmer, S Steven Terrell, LB Mike Zimmer.
8-20-13: Jacksonville fell to 0-2 on the preseason, losing 37-13 to the Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. On the positive side of things, the Jaguars did hold a 13-10 lead at the half before their bench was outscored 27-0 in the 2nd. Blaine Gabbert had a good game, completing 13 of 16 passes for 165 yards and a 5-yard TD toss to Allen Reisner. In his first game action since injuring his foot last October, Maurice Jones-Drew only rans the ball 3 times for 9 yards. Denard Robinson carried the ball 11 times for 29 yards. Next up for Jags is the Eagles on Saturday in Jacksonville.
8-11-13: The Jaguars dropped their preseason opener 27-3 to the Dolphins. Blaine Gabbert was disappointing in his preseason debut, completing 5 of his 10 passes for 19 yards and an interception. Chad Henne was better, completing 8 of 11 for 87 yards. Running back Jordan Todman carried the ball 6 times for 45 yards and rookie Denard Robinson ran it 9 times for 32 yards.
The Jaguars started over again with new head coach Gus Bradley, but still are rolling with mediocrity at best at the quarterback position via Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne. More bad news for the Jags, as they’ll have to play the first four games of the year without wide receiver Justin Blackmon, and their defense isn’t expected to be markedly better than last year.
6-25-13: Blaine Gabbert is still the likely culprit at quarterback in 2013, but his short-comings may not be so evident if veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew can return to top form and be the beast he was just two seasons ago. Considering he’s in a contract year, he’ll have every bit of motivation to do exactly that.
On the flip-side, Jacksonville has started over with a new regime, and one of their main focuses has been improving a shaky defense. Rookie safety Jonathan Cyprien could help make Jacksonville’s home game average price of just $132 end up being quite the bargain.
2013 Jaguars Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 2: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Round 2, Pick 1: Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Round 3, Pick 2: Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
Round 4, Pick 4 (from Philadelphia): Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
Round 5, Pick 2: Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
Round 6, Pick 1: Josh Evans, FS, Florida
Round 7, Pick 2: Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico State
Round 7, Pick 4 (from Philadelphia): Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State
12-4-12: The Jags have looked like a much better team since Chad Henne has taken over at Quarterback. Forcing the Texans into overtime was a huge surprise and since then they have gone 1-1. Their next matchup is against the New York Jets at home. At 2-10 they have no shot at the playoffs but may look to play spoiler and build towards next season. Chad Henne has thrown for over 800 yards in three games since taking over as full time starter.