1. Blane Gabbert has a chance. At the bye, there were tons of questions. Actually, for a lot of people there are still questions. But a strong case can be made Gabbert has played better the last two weeks than in any other stretch of his career. He’s not there yet. He’s still a ways from there. But the last couple of weeks lead you to believe there may be good things to come.
2. Cecil Shorts can be good. We’re a week removed from Shorts making some critical errors, so to paraphrase Denny Green, it’s not time to crown the guy. Still, Shorts has made plays more consistently than any other Jaguars receiver this season and he had his first career 100-yard game Sunday. He earned more playing time, and he’s proving he deserved it.
3. The drops haven’t stopped. By several counts, Jaguars receivers dropped eight passes Sunday. Whatever the count, there were too many. It has been a problem all season. On Sunday, it cost Gabbert a huge game and may have cost the Jaguars a victory.
4. The pass rush is getting better. The pass rush got help from a secondary that played well most of the game Sunday, but you know what? That’s OK. The pass rush is supposed to get some help from the secondary. The rush had two sacks and did a good job harassing Aaron Rodgers with limited blitzing. That’s how the Jaguars need to play defense to be effective.
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7. Numbers have helped the defensive line. The line wasn’t dominant Sunday, but it was good. And without question it has played better the last two weeks than it did the first five games of the season. The return of
10. Gabbert is tough. It would be nice not to have write this, but enough people still question it that it’s sort of necessary. The guy played with a shoulder injury, and shrugged off a couple of really hard hits Sunday. He did all of that and played maybe the best game of his career. Say what you want about the progress and everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but he’s tough.