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Jaguars vs. Buccaneers: 7 players who stood out in 27-21 loss

Who stood out in the Jaguars preseason game against the Buccaneers and how did they do?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars just finished their Week 2 preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and on paper, this game looked one way with the Buccaneers leading for most of the game. But when viewing it through the lens of a preseason game, it was pretty one-sided in favor of the Jaguars.

Blake Bortles and the offense were in midseason form again and Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns complemented each other very well. Chris Ivory showed himself to be the hard-running element this running game has lacked for years and T.J. Yeldon is going to be a solid pass-catcher out of the backfield.

The only thing that really lacked tonight was the edge rushing yet again. Dante Fowler has yet to get on the stat sheet, now trailing the likes of Neal Sterling and Jason Myers in tackles so far this year. But the interior pressure was absurdly good. Sen'Derrick Marks was blowing up plays left and right and Malik Jackson is going to be very, very fun to watch.

If the first team offense and defense had been in the whole game, you're looking at a 20-point win by the Jaguars. But it didn't end that way tonight because preseason.

There were a lot of good players who stood out tonight, but here are the six that were a little brighter than the rest.

Blake Bortles

The conversation begins and ends with this guy. He's led drives of at least 55 yards in four of the five possessions this preseason and all but one have ended in points. And the below throw means he's officially Brett Favre's son.

Luke Joeckel

Last week, Joeckel was not bad. Tonight, Joeckel was good. He was... good. Look at the touchdown above by Bortles and watch how he uses strength and physicality to stone his opponent and give Bortles the cleanest pocket I've ever seen. I want to see some reps with Joeckel at guard, which will likely come in the final two weeks of the preseason, but if Kelvin Beachum isn't ready, I think Joeckel has shown himself to be a more-than-capable option at left tackle going into the season.

Chris Ivory

The hard-running Ivory is exactly what Toby Gerhart was supposed to be the last few years. Now we have it.

Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey was about as good in 16 snaps and his first real NFL action as you could hope. He had a tackle for a loss on his first play from scrimmage and then had two more tackles. Let me remind you -- Ramsey had 16 defensive snaps and made himself known in three of them. I'm ready for next week when he gets to (likely) play a full half of football.

Dante Fowler

He's been in on about two dozen snaps this preseason so, again, any performance analysis has to be taken with a grain of salt. But Fowler has yet to register so much as a tackle so far this preseason while Yannick Ngakoue has a sack and a couple of tackles and Chris Smith has a couple of tackles for a loss. For a guy who was hyped during OTAs and training camp, it's been an entirely different story when he's gone against non-Jaguars offensive linemen.

Sen'Derrick Marks

Limited snaps and a rotational 3-tech group is gonna help Marks to absolutely prosper. Look at this, fam. He did this several times in a row on one drive in the first quarter.

Nick Marshall

After decent coverage that still led to a touchdown by Mike Evans in the first quarter, Marshall was hot-and-cold until leaving with a finger injury in the third quarter. Demetrius McCray also had a few bright spots tonight, so the No. 5 cornerback battle could be fun to watch in the final two weeks of the preseason.