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Jaguars vs. Jets recap: Defense bends, breaks late

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The Jaguars defense gave up a lot of yards early against the Jets, but the points didn't come until the second half.

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There we're two big takeaways from the Jacksonville Jaguars second preseason game against the New York Jets on Saturday evening. The first was the play of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the second was how the Jets marched down the field against the Jaguars defense.

The defense gave up over 400 yards of total offense on the night to the Jets, but a good chunk of that was in the second half. In the first half, the starting defense allowed the Jets to get down the field on their opening drive and pick up a touchdown. The drive was assisted by some mistakes by rookie safety Jonathan Cyprien, who looked like a bull in a china shop in his debut.

The Jets scored on a Mark Sanchez touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland, who was covered by Cyprien until he fell down picking up the route.

There's been some hand wringing about Cyprien's poor showing in his debut, but to me it was clear he was just over-amped to get on the field and just needs to calm down. As head coach Gus Bradley said on the post-game radio show, "You'd rather tell him 'Woah there' rather than he needs to buck up and get going."

After the initial scoring drive, the defense tightened up and held the Jets starting offense to just a field goal, limiting them to 10 points at halftime.

Giving up yards, as the Jaguars defense did, wasn't uncommon for the Seattle Seahawks defense under Gus Bradley either. It would often tighten up when teams were in third and long or after crossing midfield. That's likely going to be what the Jaguars defense does as well, especially with playing so many young players in the secondary on islands.

Things got a bit out of hand in the second half and the points piled up, but that's what happens when you turn the ball over multiple times.

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