On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Apr. 23, 2014 11:45AM - 12:30PM EDT Jaguars.com LIVE Head Coach Gus Bradley and players join J.P. Shadrick and John Oehser on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. ET from offseason workouts in the weight room.
  • Thu., Apr. 24, 2014 11:00AM - 12:00PM EDT Live O-Zone Live Chat with Jaguars.com Senior Writer John Oehser as he tackles the fans' tough questions about all things Jaguars and NFL.
  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 11:00AM - 1:00PM EDT Live Jaguars appearance at Florida Blue Johnathan Cyprien, Jordan Todman, THE ROAR of the Jaguars and Jaxson De Ville will be making appearances at the Florida Blue in Town Center.
  • Thu., May. 08, 2014 12:00PM EDT NFL DRAFT- Day 1 More Details Coming Soon!
  • Thu., May. 08, 2014 6:00PM - 10:00PM EDT Live Bud Light Draft Day Party presented by PRI **MUST REGISTER FOR FREE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/DraftParty14**

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND!

    BY REGISTERING, YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A SUITE TO THE JAGUARS 2014 HOME OPENER!

    Party will include:
    • Player, Alumni & The ROAR of the Jaguars autographs
    • Performances by the ROAR and Jacksonville Jaguars D-Line
    • Appearance by Jaxson De Ville & the Jax Pack
    • Raffle prizes & stage contests
    • Interactive games including rock wall, trampoline jump, paintball demo
    • Jaguars logo merchandise on sale
    • Limited time ticket offer including The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants games 
    • Local food trucks and more!
  • Fri., May. 09, 2014 12:00PM EDT NFL DRAFT- Day 2 More Details Coming Soon!
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 12:00PM EDT NFL DRAFT- Day 3 More Details Coming Soon!
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 12:00PM EDT Jaguars LIVE @ Westfield More Details Coming Soon!
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 12:30PM EDT Junior ROAR Academy Bring your kids to the Junior ROAR Academy this year
  • Sun., May. 11, 2014 1:00PM EDT Jaguars Coaching Clinic (London) Take part in the Jaguars Coaching Clinic in London this year

News

Print
RSS

Ten things

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Ten things to watch when the Jacksonville Jaguars play the New York Jets Saturday at MetLife Stadium...

JACKSONVILLE -- Ten things to watch when the Jacksonville Jaguars play the New York Jets in their second 2013 preseason game Saturday at MetLife Stadium . . .

1. Separation at quarterback. If Jaguars fans want to see something, anything, in 2013 Preseason Week 2 it’s something that says, “Yes, this guy is THE guy” at quarterback. Chad Henne put up better statistics than Blaine Gabbert in the preseason opener, but reviewing the performances, it was hard to argue for big separation on the field. You’d like to see more Saturday.

2. Efficiency from Gabbert. Gabbert supporters could easily point last week to three dropped passes and an early pressure as a huge reason he went 5 of 10 for 19 yards and an interception against Miami. And it was true that drops contributed to what many have defined as a bad showing. But at some point, you want to see the offense moving with him behind center whatever the circumstance. He will start Saturday, and he may need to play better than he did against Miami for that to happen again.

3. More downfield from Henne. You want to see this from Gabbert, too, because if anything lacked for the Jaguars’ offense last week it was downfield, attacking passes. But while Henne completed a high percentage, he didn’t go downfield until the final minutes of the first half. You would think there would be more downfield passing from each quarterback, and if Henne is going to make a serious run at the starting job, you’d think there’d be some deep and intermediate stuff.

4. A strong effort from MJD. Don’t blink, because if you do, you’ll probably miss the 2013 debut of running back Maurice Jones-Drew. He missed the preseason opener as a precautionary measure, having spent the offseason rehabilitating a sprained foot. He has practiced since the opening of training camp, usually taking initial repetitions with the first-team unit in drills then getting out after a few plays. That’s fine, because as long as Jones-Drew’s in shape, he’ll be ready for the regular season. He appears to be in shape, and he wants to play. The Jaguars want him to play, so he will Saturday. Just not for very long.

5. The debut of Johnathan Cyprien. The rookie safety will start, but he’s not expected to play too long, having missed the preseason opener with a hamstring injury. He was back practicing this week, but under much the same schedule as Jones-Drew. Although he likely will be a little rusty, look for speed and suddenness from Cyprien, but look quick, because he’ll be out of the game earlier than most starters.

6. The 2013 debut of Justin Blackmon. Yes, Week 2 of the preseason is a big debut week for the Jaguars, and the debut of Blackmon is significant. The second-year wide receiver missed the preseason opener with a groin injury, and though he won’t start, he will play Saturday. The game is important for Blackmon. He will be suspended the first four games of the regular season, and needs to work with Gabbert and Henne now to get into the flow of the offense. Blackmon has been impressive in his first week back practicing. Like Cyprien and Jones-Drew, he won’t play much, with the Jaguars still wanting to be smart with their returning front-line players.

7. Putting on a rush. The Jaguars’ defensive front put pressure on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill early last week. That was a good sign. A better sign would be to do it two consecutive weeks. The team is still trying to figure out who will get pressure from outside opposite veteran Jason Babin. Andre Branch? Ryan Davis? A player not on the roster? Time will tell.

PHOTO GALLERY FROM 8/15

8. Cohesion on the line. The offensive line played well in spots last week. Talking to linemen this week, the consensus was “in spots” isn’t enough for an offensive line. Consistency is the goal. Rookie right tackle Luke Joeckel will be out with a hip flexor injury. Third-year veteran Cameron Bradfield will play in his place. It’s a big game for Bradfield, who has a chance to back up both tackle positions.

9. Big opportunities.  Injuries offer young players chances. With Justin Forsett out, look for Jordan Todman to again play extensively at running back, and rookie free agent LaRoy Reynolds is expected to start at strong-side linebacker. He will also play middle linebacker with the reserves, but a good performance by Reynolds could having him pushing Russell Allen on the outside.

10. Improvement offensively. The Jaguars weren’t thrilled with a 27-3 loss to Miami last week, but they weren’t as discouraged as many fans. Still, they want to see fewer turnovers – there were four by the Jaguars last week – and the offense needs to be productive. There’s a belief this offense will be improved, but you want to show it on the field in preseason before you get to the regular season.

Comments

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

Recent Articles