The Jacksonville Jaguars will head to Michigan on Friday in preparation for their preseason matchup with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. It's the all important third preseason game for both teams, which means that you will see the starters likely playing into the third quarter and it will be the closest to a real game that we'll get until opening day.
The big story revolving around the game is that the Jaguars will be giving No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles snaps with the first team offense against the Lions first team defense. Chad Henne will start the game and play about a quarter and a half before the rookie quarterback gets in the game. It will be a big test for Bortles, who's looked excellent in the first two preseason games, but those games were against backups.
Some helpful links:
- How to watch the Jaguars vs. Lions game
- What to expect from Week 3 of the preseason
- 5 questions with Pride of Detroit
- Who will win the starting job at center?
10:39 PM: The Jaguars lost the game to the Lions, but the real story was Blake Bortles out playing Chad Henne once again.
#Jaguars rookie Blake Bortles shines again, but Jags fall to #Lions 13-12 http://t.co/WB9986jorp— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) August 23, 2014
10:28 PM: This was after Stanzi's second interception of the game. He came in at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Lions are going to win this one, but Bortles' performance encourages me.
Ricky Stanzi might be a great American but damn he is a bad QB— Michael Cronin (@TMichaelCronin) August 23, 2014
10:17 PM: Touchdown Detroit! And the two-point conversion fails. The Jaguars have a little more than seven minutes to mount a comeback. They're only down 13-12, so anything could happen, but with Ricky Stanzi in the game and looking underwhelming in the last drive I wouldn't expect much. However, about George Winn, I asked Pride of Detroit earlier in the week about him. If he goes in the final cuts, I'd love for him to come to Jacksonville.
George Winn finishes the drive off with a 1-yard TD. #JAXvsDET— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 23, 2014
9:46 PM: Blake Bortles Blake Bortles Blake Bortles Bla
Blake Bortles Blake Bortles Blake Bortles! https://t.co/G3u7LPLHrR— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) August 23, 2014
9:44 PM: This was right after Blake Bortles threw a third-quarter strike to Allen Hurns. Hurns timed the comeback route perfectly and Bortles put it so that Hurns had to make a move inside if he wanted to catch it. It was, in a word, fantastic. Jaguars up 12-7.
Everyone's taking a shot on Allen Hurns in their fantasy drafts, right?— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) August 23, 2014
8:57 PM: First half over! Blake Bortles almost got picked on third down, but who cares? He's throwing the ball downfield and that's more than you can say for Chad Henne.
Starting at own 5, Bortles leads drive to Lions 16 for Redfern 34FG as first half expires. Lions 7, #Jaguars 6— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 23, 2014
8:56 PM: omg.
Bortles tried the fake spike but couldn't hook up with Mike Brown in the end zone.— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) August 23, 2014
8:53 PM: This was on a 2nd-and-25.
Goodness gracious. Blake Bortles follows a bad pass with a really nice pass to Marcedes Lewis for a 30-yard gain. First down— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 23, 2014
8:37 PM: For those counting at home, that's four Jaguars starters that have left the first half due to injury.
Jaguars injury updates: K Scobee (quad) S Guy Jr. (ankle) are questionable. DT Marks (shoulder) is out.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) August 23, 2014
Posluszny questionable with a biceps injury. It's not the same one that kept him from traveling to Chicago.— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) August 23, 2014
8:34 PM: Yeah, you can't do that, Suh.
Ndamukong Suh is up to his old tricks. http://t.co/8P5qhZBXIL— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) August 23, 2014
8:33 PM: Oh no.
Marks (right shoulder) is out. #Jaguars— Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) August 23, 2014
8:18 PM: Asking the tough questions.
@ryanohalloran do we still get free subs if Renfree kicks a field goal— /r/Alfie (@AlfieBCC) August 23, 2014
8:08 PM: Windmill's glory of an interception is not in vain.
Josh Scobee 38 FG. Drive: Four plays, four yards. Lions 7, Jaguars 3. Those three points were all windmill.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 23, 2014
8:03 PM: On Detroit's third drive of the game, Matt Stafford opened with a pass to Calvin Johnson which was intercepted by... Andre Branch?
OMG ANDRE BRANCH INT WHAT— Stuart (@StuB3rry) August 23, 2014
START HIM AT SAFETY— Bullet from Orlando (@SollyeWest) August 23, 2014
"Andre Branch is gonna cover Calvin" - @E_Dilla before the play. No, seriously.— Bae Nubz (@J_Nubz) August 23, 2014
7:56 PM: On Detroit's second drive, Reggie Bush takes a run off right tackle for 86 yards. Several defenders missed assignments and tackles, but Jonathan Cyprien took an especially bad angle on the ball.
Ballou said Gus Bradley had a "spirited conversation" with Cyprien. #JAXvsDET #Jaguars— J.P. Shadrick (@jpshadrick) August 22, 2014
7:44 PM: Yay!
WR Cecil Shorts III gets the start at wide receiver for Jaguars. First action of preseason.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 22, 2014
7:44 PM: This is going to be our Week 1 starting offensive line. I thought Luke Bowanko could make a push during training camp, but he needs more time.
Three new OL starters compared to Chicago -- Bradfield RT, Linder RG, McClendon C to go with Beadles LG, Joeckel LT. #Jaguars— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 22, 2014
8:00 AM: That's right... Cecil Shorts III is back and it looks like he's going to get at least two series in at receiver tonight.
#Jaguars WR @CecilShortsIII "will play about 15 plays" against the #Lions on Friday http://t.co/hvjYjlgeRd pic.twitter.com/6F3mo3SBIK— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) August 21, 2014
7:30 AM: Kickoff isn't for another 12 hours. While you wait, make sure you read about how Shad Khan has helped increase the value of the Jaguars by more than $200 million since he bought the team in 2012.
According to @Forbes, the #Jaguars are worth nearly $1 billion and no longer the least-valuable team in the NFL http://t.co/65Y0XC52oG— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) August 21, 2014