Another Jacksonville Jaguars preseason game, another solid outing by last years No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles.
Bortles' stat line was nothing to really brag about, finishing 8-16, 98 yards, and no touchdown passes for the second week in the row. Admittedly, he wasn't as impressive as he was against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he showed more positives than negatives. His accuracy regressed a bit from where it was Week 1, but he was able to distribute the ball around the offense and didn't make any bad decisions. He was also hurt by three drops -- two by Allen Robinson and one by Allen Hurns, with the Hurns' drop coming off a beautiful deep throw in between defenders that would have been either a touchdown or a goal line situation.
In all honestly, Bortles night symbolized the first teams performance as whole. More good than bad, but there was inconsistency mixed in with too many missed opportunities. The offensive line blocked well in the run game, but there were miscommunications against a blitz that lead to a sack of Bortles on the first drive, and a holding call on Joeckel, albeit a a questionable call, stalled the second drive.
The Jaguars offense didn't make any huge plays, outside of Robinson's 36-yard catch and run, but they showed their true colors and what we should expect throughout the season. They are talented throughout the entire offensive roster, but they are also young and adjusting to a new scheme. There will be some highs and there will certainly be lows. Hopefully the lows are like tonight, with the lows being missed opportunities as opposed to turnovers and sacks.
Defensively, the Giants starters were frustrated and out of sync throughout their entire outing. The most notable thing about the Jaguars defensive performance wasn't even how ineffective the Giants were at moving the ball, but at how ineffective the Jaguars were at getting to the quarterback with their first string defensive line.
The absence of Dante Fowler, Chris Clemons, and Sen'Derrick Marks has been growing more and more apparent with each snap the last two games, and this could shape up to be the Jaguars potential fatal flaw this season, yet again.
With that said, the defensive backs seemed to play much better than the week before, in part because of Eli Manning's struggles and Odell Beckham's off night. Davon House made a few nice pass breakups and Sergio Brown was at least noticeable influence at Free Safety.
All in all, there should not be a ton of take aways situations to take from preseason games. But in this games case, I think we got a pretty good luck at what kind of team the Jaguars are going to be, strength and weakness wise.