FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11: Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots tries to get by Don Carey #22 of the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 11, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New England Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 47-12. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Jaguars vs. Patriots game recap | Jaguars Blog
’m not going to pretend like this game meant very much. The majority of the players on the field in the second half were nothing more than special teamers or players with little to no chance of making the final roster. The first half meant a lot more than the second half, and the first quarter meant a lot more than the second quarter. I gave you a list of players and position battles to keep an eye on, so let’s take a look back at those players and see who stood out:
Getting ready for the Jaguars first preseason game I was happy to feel that football atmosphere. The Jaguars were going against a tough team in the New England Patriots, and while the Patriots did not play a lot of their starters, neither did the Jaguars. The Jaguars were without a few key players on defense alone in Terrence "Pot Roast" Knighton, Aaron Kampman, and Derek Cox. Those three players are expected to make plays for the Jaguars’ growing defense. On the offensive side, the two star players were also missing: starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew and his former UCLA running mate Marcedes Lewis.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Matt Roth to a contract, the club announced today. Punter Durant Brooks was waived from the roster. Roth becomes the eighth unrestricted free agent to join the team since training camp.
Maurice Jones-Drew said this week that he won’t apologize for questioning Jay Cutler’s toughness during the NFC Championship Game. So it’s a good thing Cutler doesn’t want an apology.
It’s too early to hit the panic button after the Jaguars’ 47-12 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night in the preseason opener. All that game showed me was that the Patriots players who will eventually be cut are better than the Jaguars players who will also be looking for employment in coming weeks.
For the long term, the Jaguars didn't have a bad night against the New England Patriots in their preseason opener Thursday. The Jaguars saw that quarterback Blaine Gabbert wasn't intimidated playing on the road while starting his first preseason game as a rookie. They also had the opportunity to evaluate their 90-man roster to help make personnel decisions.
Quarterback Todd Bouman played the entire second half of last night's opening preseason game with Jaguars quarterbacks David Garrard and Luke McCown both nursing injuries. Garrard had this to say about his back: "Now it's to the point a lot of the pain is relieved in my back. I'm feeling better every day. Am I feeling good enough right now to play in a NFL football game? Probably not and that's why I'm standing here right now. I feel great about the way it's headed."
Had they not wound up in position to move up to draft Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars likely would have addressed defensive end in the first round. I believe they would have gone for Ryan Kerrigan. But after making the move up for the quarterback of the future, defensive end went unaddressed. Until yesterday.