EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The competition continues.
And on Saturday night, the statistical edge not only went to
Gabbert, competing with
Gabbert played three series, leading the Jaguars to a touchdown and a field goal while completing 13 of 16 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.
He left after the third series, and trainers immediately wrapped and iced his right thumb.
“It was good,” Gabbert said after leaving the game with the scored tied, 10-10, with 5:34 remaining in the second quarter. “We got into a rhythm early on and continued that through the second quarter when I left the game. It was nice to get out there and come away with some points. We would like to have a few more touchdowns and play a little bit smarter football.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit with some penalties but all and all we had some good quality drives. We were able to get a lot of snaps together and that’s important this time of year.”
Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley addressed Gabbert’s thumb at halftime.
“We’ll take a look at it but I think he’ll be okay,” Bradley said.
Gabbert played one series with Jaguars running back
“We really were able to get into a nice rhythm and establish the tempo,” Gabbert said.
Gabbert, who took 30 snaps Saturday after taking 17 in the preseason opener, capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown to tight end
“It felt good,” Jones-Drew said. “It’s good because a lot of guys are really stepping up. (Wide receiver)
“It felt good to get out there. It was a lot of work being put in with various people. Good to finally get out there and put it to use. It felt great and now I just can’t wait to build off this and see what happens next week.”
Henne replaced Gabbert, giving the Jaguars a 13-10 lead by leading a second-quarter drive that ended with a 36-yard field goal by
Henne had had the statistical advantage last week, completing 8 of 11 passes for 87 yards with Gabbert completing 5 of 10 passes for 19 yards and an interception.
The Jets turned the three-point deficit into a 27-13 lead entering the fourth quarter with a pair of short touchdown runs by Khalil Bell and 54-yard field by Nick Folk.
“We know it’s a process and there’s some things we have to take a look at but I liked the way we moved the ball, the tempo of the offense and the guys were making plays,” Bradley said.
In this game, it was the start of the third quarter. The Jaguars led 13-10 at halftime, but the Jets turned it into a 27-13 at the end of the third quarter. An interception by linebacker Danny Lansanah off Henne set up a 14-yard Jets touchdown drive and the Jets scored 17 points in the final 7:30 of the quarter.
1. Jones-Drew played for the first time this preseason after rehabilitating a foot sprain during the offseason. He rushed for three times for nine yards while playing one series.
2. Second-year wide receiver
4. Defensive end
5. Veteran cornerback
6. The Jaguars struggled with penalties and turnovers, committing two turnovers in the first three quarters and committing 11 penalties in the first three quarters for 95 yards.
LOOKING ON . . .
*The Jaguars’ defense didn’t match its performance in the preseason opener. The defense allowed the Jets scores on the first two possessions, with the pass rush unable to get much pressure on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Mincey had a sack in the second quarter, and the Jaguars affected him more in that quarter than the first.
*The offensive line had a second consecutive solid game in the first half, helping lead two extended drives on the first two possessions.
Also missing Saturday: Linebacker