Despite what the “experts” over at ESPN would like us to believe, the Jaguars actually looked surprisingly good. I watched the game from start to end just like most of my fellow Jaguar fans and I noticed a completely revamped defense and a QB with a very bright future with this team. I also noticed one large glaring weakness.
This new defense that GM Gene has assembled looks the part of a completely improved, from top to bottom defense, than the horrendous defense that myself and other Jags fans had to witness last year. Clint Session hits like a ton of bricks, and it was very obvious against the Patriots that he has the anger and passion that this Defense has been missing since we let Mike Peterson walk in free agency. Paul Posluszny blew a few coverage assignments, but that is something that we can expect to see this preseason from the new players because of the shortened off-season. His positives were that he shows good burst and speed to get to the outside and has the potential to improve the Jaguar’s run defense tremendously. I quickly noticed Dawan Landry in the back secondary directing traffic with leadership and poise that Jacksonville clearly lacked last year. He also finished with a fumble recovery. Other bright spots on the defense for the Jaguars was Tyson Alualu, Rashean Mathis, Austen Lane, and Larry Hart seemed to help himself with his ability to get very close to the QB on several different occasions.
As we all know Blaine Gabbert had his first NFL start for the Jaguars last night. I for one, was extremely impressed with how well he carried himself on the field and a couple of throws that he completed that made me very happy for this young man’s future with Jacksonville. He did make some mistakes that one can expect from a rookie that is only a couple of months removed from a spread offense with no off-season under his belt. He is not ready at this time or possibly anytime this year to unseat David Garrard as the starter but I am still very excited to see Blaine Gabbert develop in to the quarterback that I know he will become. Other offensive players that shined were Rashad Jennings with his quick burst, power, and his ability to pull off several impressive cutbacks, Jason Hill with his speed and ability to get separation, and Eugene Monroe who seemed to dominate the entire time he was in with the exception of only one play.
One huge glaring weakness on this Jacksonville team is depth. The Jaguars second, third, and fourth strings were completely outplayed by the Patriot’s backups and it was something that took me by surprise. There is easily 20 to 30 players on the Jaguars that do not deserve to finish the preseason as apart of this team with their play last night. The people who were noticeably bad were Guy Whimper, Terrance Wheatley, Terrell Whitehead, Tiquan Underwood, and Russel Allen.
All in all I saw a lot of things that I love about this team even though they were without many of their starters. Jacksonville is defiantly a huge sleeper team this year and I am excited to see what they will do with their potential. GO Jags!
About the Author
Written by Caleb Burke
I am a born and raised Jacksonville Jaguars fan, 20 years old and currently attending Valencia College in Orlando and hope to transfer to the University of Central Florida sometime soon. I love to write about the Jaguars and spending time discussing football and sports in general.