Jaguars vs. Vikings: 8 players who stood out

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Jaguars vs. Vikings: 8 players who stood out

Postby zhangzk » Fri May 17, 2019 1:39 am

The Jacksonville Jaguars won a sloppy Week 2 preseason game on the road against the Minnesota Vikings — and while the offense was largely underwhelming , the defense showed they might have actually improved from what was an elite level performance last season.Who stood out the most on Saturday afternoon? Let’s see:1. Blake BortlesAfter a Week 1 performance against the New Orleans Saints that gave all of us encouragement for improvement this year, Blake showed the best and worst of himself — which is ironically about the average for Blake.Yes, the box score looks good. He went 12-for-20 through two quarters of action for 159 yards and a near 8.0 yards per attempt. But the interception in the first quarter to Harrison Smith was an awful read on Blake’s part and without a turnover by the defense on the very next play would have been far more impactful on the final score.Blake has all the physical tools to be a great quarterback — as evidenced by several great throws that were dropped by Marqise Lee and Niles Paul — but his inability to read the field well is damning.It was a sloppy game by both starting offenses, so let’s just hope this is a case of the first preseason game on the road against another elite level defense and see if Blake bounces back next week.2. T.J. YeldonThere is no player on this team who has more improved his stock over the offseason than Yeldon. The coaches have created the perfect niche for the Yeldon — a pass-catcher out of the backfield who, with improved speed Womens Marqise Lee Jersey , can be the perfect complement to bell-cow back Leonard Fournette.Yeldon finished with 112 total yards on just 15 touches and missed just one catch of his six targets.3. Ronnie HarrisonHarrison is an absolute stud and showed a ton of promise in his first NFL start. Five tackles in limited opportunities led the team on Saturday and a forced fumble was a definite highlight.4. Tyler PatmonWith Jalen Ramsey’s suspension, Patmon was thrust into the starting position. He covered Stefon Diggs for much of his time on the field and broke up an early pass headed to Adam Thielen.The top four Vikings receivers in Diggs, Thielen, Laquon Treadwell, and Kendall Wright combined for two catches and eight yards on seven targets. Patmon — and his closing speed on passes and ability to be in the right place at the right time — was a big reason why.5. Corey GrantGrant got just two touches against the Vikings and it can probably be chalked up to the team wanting to see fourth-string running back Brandon Wilds more Telvin Smith Jersey , but it’s curious that this coaching staff didn’t take every opportunity to test out packages with Grant. They didn’t even let him see the field until the end of the third quarter.6. Brandon WildsWilds finished with 39 total yards and the game-winning touchdown on 10 touches. It’ll be interesting to see if the Jaguars keep a fourth running back behind Fournette, Yeldon, and Grant, but if they do it will certainly be Wilds.7. Yannick NgakoueFour tackles. One sack. One forced fumble. And a post-play celebration for the ages.Ngakoue might be even better than last year (which is insane, by the way) and could be headed to another Pro Bowl with All-Pro honors if he keeps up the production he’s had through two preseason games.8. Rashad GreeneGreene’s ability to make the first guy miss in the fourth quarter punt return set up a game-winning drive starting five yards from the goal line. I think Jaydon Mickens is still the guy at the No. 6 receiver spot , but Greene will absolutely make this team consider keeping seven receivers on the 53-man roster. For the first time in a long time this season the Jacksonville Jaguars are home favorites, as they welcome in Washington to TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. Not only are the Jaguars home favorites, but..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Jaguars Free Agency 2016Jaguars Film RoomNFL DraftJaguars Injury NewsLatest NewsJaguars a touchdown favorite at homeNew,18commentsByAlfie Crow@AlfieBCCDec 13, 2018 Womens Ronnie Harrison Jersey ,9:04am ESTShareTweetShareShareJaguars a touchdown favorite at homeBrad Mills-USA TODAY SportsFor the first time in a long time this season the Jacksonville Jaguars are home favorites, as they welcome in Washington to TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. Not only are the Jaguars home favorites, but they opened as a touchdown (-7) favorite in most books and in some places the line has moved to -7.5.Now, to be fair, Washington is starting Josh Johnson at quarterback and just got blown out by the New York Giants the week prior... but still the Jaguars offense has been putrid the last four games and it’s hard to see them scoring more than a touchdown.Heck Will Richardson Jersey , maybe the defense pitches another shutout in the home finale and they get one touchdown and win 7-0.Either way, Sunday is a game the Jaguars should win even with all their offensive problems. Washington’s offense doesn’t offer much outside of Johnson’s ability to run, though that is something the Jaguars defense has struggled with this year. I tend to think however, that this is a “blood in the water” type of game for the Jaguars defense and they come out to make plays.

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