Some weren't sure if Allen Hurns would be able to keep up his preseason success but it seems like he hasn't lost even a single step. Hurns totaled 110 yards and two touchdowns on only four receptions, 101 of which yards came in the first Quarter. Even with only four catches Hurns was pretty easily the best player on offense this week, making the most of the opportunity created when Cecil Shorts was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. The only concern with his play was his disappearance during the entire second half, but that came at a time the entire offense was struggling and the Eagles started to key in on defending him.
First Half Chad Henne
Through the first half Chad Henne looked like he could lead us to victory over the favored Eagles. There were some missteps, namely not being able to convert on third down and inability to sustain a long drive, but Chad Henne was still able to make enough big plays to give the team hope. He threw two long touchdown passes and took a shot down the field for a 46 yard game when the team was backed up to their end zone. The script might have flipped in the second half, but at least for a brief time we were able to see the best we could look with Henne at quarterback.
When the second half offense started to stall it was Marqise Lee who kept them moving, even if it wasn't all that much. Lee had 5 catches for 57 yards in the second half which accounted for over 50% of Henne's yards in that time. Lee wasn't perfect during the game, but that's expected for a rookie in his first game. So far two of the rookie receivers have shown multiple good games, even if some were in the preseason, and the other just came of an injury keeping him out for a while. Jacksonville's offense is looking up and when Blake Bortles finally takes the field it appears he will have a good supporting cast around him.
Paul Posuszny might be payed a lot for a linebacker, but he has continuously been one of the most consistent defender since he was signed. He has some deficiencies in the pass game but he is a solid tackler and knows where he needs to be on most plays. He ended the game with twice as many tackles as any other player on both teams, and he was a big reason why our defense didn't completely collapse. He may not have done anything flashy, but Posluszney needs to play this way on a regular basis to solidify our defense.
The Pass Rush
The entire pass rush was a positive for the Jaguar's on Sunday, registering five sacks against what is considered one of the top O-lines in the NFL. The pass rush was also able to force and recover two fumbles on sacks by Chris Clemons and Andre Branch, who also forced another fumble that was recovered by Nick Foles. Ryan Davis recorded two more sacks and the last belonged to Sen'Derrick Marks on a play where he quickly pushed past the center and knocked down Foles before he really even got to look down the field. This D-line is considered to be one of the best in recent Jaguar's history and they are already showing what's to come.
Dwayne Gratz had a very solid game against the pass this week, only allowing 1 reception for 11 yards despite being thrown at multiple times. He only broke up none pass, but he still payed good enough coverage to shit down whoever he was against. He was also a contributor in stopping the run, contributing 4 tackles this week.