The Jacksonville Jaguars just lost one of the ugliest games I’ve seen in recent memory, falling 9-6 to the Tennessee Titans at home. The defense was stifling — bending but not breaking and allowing just three field goals (and four attempts) in the entire game.
Who stood out in the Week 3 matchup? In honor of the six points we scored, here are six players who did good (or bad) enough to make the list.
1. Calais Campbell
The Jaguars got three sacks against Titans quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Marcus Mariota and Calais Campbell was responsible for two of them. The first one set the tone early in the first quarter that Campbell was going to play angry, bypassing the center completely and driving Gabbert into the dirt. The second came near the goal line in the third quarter as the Titans got one of their best chances to score a touchdown. Campbell just bulls his way through on third down, forcing the Titans to kick another field goal.
2. Blake Bortles
We’ll start with the good and go next to the bad — Blake Bortles had a bad day. After dismantling the New England Patriots last week, Bortles looked hesitant to throw the ball, with his longest completion of the day being a pass that traveled just 10 yards in the air.
I am speechless. I am without speech. pic.twitter.com/2mY9OXfRHW— Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake) September 23, 2018
The game plan — by all accounts including Bortles himself, the offensive coordinator, the film, and more — was very similar to last week against the Patriots. And that’s true. Much of Bortles’ yardage in games is yards after the catch, which is a fine game plan, especially considering our roster, our quarterback’s strengths and weaknesses, and our lack of a true No. 1 receiver.
But Bortles looked like he didn’t want to take any shots downfield even when the play called for it and receivers were in position.
I get checking down to Yeldon here. I also think Bortles had all the time to be patient and let scissor concept develop. As he releases, Niles Paul gets open near the 15. Bortles had the time to step into a deep shot and get the ball there. pic.twitter.com/t0q39UP8X0— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) September 25, 2018
3. Logan Cooke
This was a game that was going to be won in large part due to field position and the seventh round rookie did his part, with just one touchback in six punts. He finished with a 45.5 yard average on punts and had two downed inside the 20-yard line.
4. Corey Grant
It’s apparent that Grant is a good player when you scheme him in the right situations, but he is not a true bell cow back. That’s not an indictment of him as a player — Grant is a great addition to this team and a player who is hard to stop if used correctly. But the Jaguars are gambling with their running back position and it worked in Week 2 and didn’t work in Week 3.
5. Telvin Smith
His first quarter sack showed speed off the edge, awareness to get in the air to stop Gabbert’s attempt, and strength to get him down with just an arm tackle.
Telvin Smith Sack #2 on Gabbert pic.twitter.com/vo8IPkwdkw— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) September 23, 2018
He (again) led the team in tackles and he was everywhere on a banner day for the defense.
6. Tashaun Gipson
After shutting down Rob Gronkowski, the Jaguars secondary shut down the Titans quarterbacks for just 13 completions and 108 yards and Gipson was a big part of that, taking away a lot of the intermediate throws and only allowing a 5.1-yard average per attempt.
7. Wiggle Man
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I’m not going to overreact, but the Jaguars losing is 100 percent because Wiggle didn’t go to church before the game and tweet about it.