The first half is over in the first preseason game for the Jaguars and they've dug themselves into a hole on the scoreboard. Yes, the offense turned over the ball twice in the first quarter and, yes, the Giants offense didn't have a whole lot of trouble scoring on four consecutive possessions to jump out to a 24-14 lead at halftime.
But the fact is that Jaguars fans have reason to be excited because the story of the first half was absolutely Blaine Gabbert's first drive of the game. On a 13-play, 89-yard drive Gabbert completed four of seven attempts including a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to Cecil Shorts III.
On the first play of the following possession Shorts III fumbled on an end around and the third drive of the game for the Jaguars offense ended with a Gabbert sack/fumble after the pocket crumbled around him. After that he was replaced by Chad Henne, but that's not going to do a whole lot to slow the excitement built by the first drive.
In injury news, Derek Cox left the game early with a strained calf and John Estes has a knee injury that will withhold him from the second half.
Use this post as the second half thread.