JACKSONVILLE – This was what they envisioned in the offseason.
That sentence refers to a rebuilt, revamped, reenergized defense. For the Jaguars, that – and, oh yes, the debut of quarterback
The Jaguars beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-10, at EverBank Field on Friday night in front of an announced 59,100. They took their final lead on a 26-yard touchdown run by running back
Actually, the opposite was true.
The Jaguars’ first-team defense held the Buccaneers scoreless and gave the Jaguars a 7-0 lead when safety
“We are really jelling together as a defense and it’s fun to see,” Guy said at halftime with the Jaguars leading 7-3. “We have some new pieces, but we’re all just trying to get better every day and continue to improve. I’m excited to see what can do moving forward.”
As for Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft entered the game to an ovation with 9:51 remaining in the second quarter.
He gave fans plenty to cheer after that, too.
Bortles, who entered the game in place of starter
Bortles also led an impressive, nine-play, 75-yard drive to start the second half that ended with a 26-yard field goal by
Henne, who the Jaguars have said will start into the regular season and beyond, completed four of seven passes for 30 yards.
Henne played exclusively with the first-team offense, with Bortles playing exclusively with the second-team offense. Henne played mostly against the Buccaneers’ first-team defense, with Bortles playing mostly against the Buccaneers’ second-team unit.
“Sometimes with offense, you have to execute the precision game,” Bradley said after a scoreless first-half offensively. “Sometimes it takes some time. We just have to keep working.”
Guy caught an errant pass from Buccaneers quarterback Luke McCown on the run and returned it down the left sideline for the touchdown with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter. That highlighted a dominant first quarter for the Jaguars’ defense.
“That’s our thing coming in,” said Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, who was credited with a first-quarter pressure and forced fumble. “We just wanted to see how we jelled throughout the whole training camp and just see how the guys bonded together. I think we did a really well. We can still improve, but what we did is something to grow on.”
The Buccaneers cut the lead to 7-3 with a field goal by Connor Barth with 9:51 remaining in the second quarter, but the Jaguars’ defense remained strong throughout the first half.
“It was good,” Bradley said of the defensive effort. “We really wanted to have the ability to contain the run and I thought we did a good job of that. Then we wanted to see our four-man rush and were able to get some pressure. It’s still early but that consistent play showed up though.”
The Buccaneers tied the game, 10-10, on a six-yard pass from Mike Glennon to Tommy Streeter in the fourth quarter.
The turning point for the Jaguars’ defense came early, when it set the tone for the night on its first series. Defensive end
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1. Marks dominated early, as did Davis. Marks got consistent pressure early, and Davis twice drew penalties pass-rushing on the Buccaneers’ first series. The Jaguars got good pressure from a three-Leo defensive end package featuring Davis,
2. Clemons, who signed as an unrestricted free agent from Seattle in the offseason, registered a sack midway through the first quarter.
3. Defensive end Tyson Alualu, playing with the second-team behind starter
LOOKING ON . . .
1. The Jaguars began the preseason searching for the ideal combination on the interior of the offensive line. While unrestricted free-agent
2. The Jaguars’ first-team defense allowed one first down and 15 total yards, for the most part leaving the game after Guy’s interception return for a touchdown on the Buccaneers’ third series.
3. Rookie running back
Thomas was being evaluated for a concussion late in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars played Friday without starting wide receiver
With Shorts and Robinson unavailable, veteran Mike Brown and rookies