The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the New Orleans Saints in Thursday’s preseason opener by a score of I can’t remember to it doesn’t matter in the slightest. It was everyone’s first look at the 2018 Jaguars and what we saw should not sway anyone’s expectation for another successful season to build off the surprising 2017.
Just about everything you wanted to see from the Jaguars in the first preseason game, you got to see. There wasn’t really anything glaringly bad beyond Tanner Lee, even with a few key players not dressing because they either didn’t need to play or had a slight ding and wasn’t working risking further injury by playing. Would I have liked to see Taven Bryan? Sure, but I’d rather not see him get hurt further.
The Jaguars offense had a long, controlled opening drive that ended with a touchdown. Check.
Blake Bortles looked good, only really had one poor throw, didn’t turn it over and punched it in. Check.
The offensive line opened running lanes. Check.
The wide receivers made some plays. Check.
The defense, despite good starting field position, held the other team to just a field goal. Check.
I’m not sure the Jaguars first preseason game, at least from the first team perspective, could have gone much better. To top it all off, backup quarterback Cody Kessler had a very nice night and made me feel a little more comfortable he could handle the offense if he were pressed into action for a short period of time.
Was there anything that you didn’t see that you needed to?