The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Miami Dolphins in their preseason debut on Friday night 27-3, but the overall score wasn't really important. What was important was how some of the Jaguars old and new players looked in their new respective schemes on the field.
There was some good, some bad, and some WTF.
Overall, I thought the first team defense played well, especially the defensive line. The line was able to get pressure on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill from not only off the edge but also from the interior of the line. Sen'Derrick Marks had an excellent game in his limited snaps, constantly disrupting the backfield and whipping the Dolphins right guard for a sack on one play, completely just tossing him aside.
Jason Babin was able to get some good pressure off the edge as well and even some of the backups showed flashes, including roster long shot Paul Hazel who seemed to be all over the place late in the game. The big boys in Kyle Love and Roy Miller also did their jobs eating up blocks and re-routing the running lanes.
The offense in general wasn't very good. It sputtered no matter who the quarterback was, but that wasn't unexpected with the team being without Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts III, Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Forsett, and Brad Meester on the field. Until late in the game the passing game seemed to just be limited to short passes to the boundaries.
Luke Joeckel also got welcomed to the NFL by Cameron Wake. While Joeckel wasn't necessarily "bad" but he struggled containing Wake early on, which is nothing to shrug at. Wake's one of the best pass rushes in the NFL.
Bryan Anger did not have a good night punting. He boomed the ball way too far picking up touchbacks when he should have dropped the ball in to pin the team back, then tried to compensate later and hit a line drive which could have been a big return had the return man not muffed it.
Chris Prosinski. Man. Do I even need to say anything? On Ryan Tannehill's touchdown pass, Prosinski had an easy interception if he just turns around and looks for the ball, but he lets the TE spin him around and he gives up the touchdown.
Andre Branch was once again not noticeable in the game. On the one play where it looked like he did something in tackling Tannehill, it was after a two yard gain and after he got stood up and stopped by Jonathan Martin on the rush. He got to Tannehill by disengaging and looping around, but he got virtually zero pressure on the quarterback.
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