The Jaguars had no answer for the Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey, and in doing so find themselves at 2-3 on the season. Yet, all is not doom and gloom. Gardner Minshew once again showed us no deficit is too much, and the Panthers did their best to give him a chance to snatch victory from the bowels of defeat.
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Jaguars beat writer John Oehser answers fans questions.
Anooj from Decatur, GA
Our run defense seemed absent; did we forget about No. 22? Also in regards to Minshew, rookie gonna rookie. Don’t drink that Minshew Mania Slurpee too fast; you might catch a brain freeze.
...Yes, Minshew must improve some ball security techniques. You can’t fumble three times no matter the circumstance and expect to win. But Minshew also kept the Jaguars in the game Sunday and is playing better than any quarterback for this franchise in recent memory. So, suck that Slurpee for all it’s worth. Fumbles or not, the kid is for real.
Our favorite Florida Times-Union journalist, Gene Frenette, gives his grades from Sunday’s game.
Special teams – A
As if Calais Campbell doesn’t do enough as the most productive player on defense, the 6-foot-8 tackle reached up to block Joey Slye’s 56-yard field goal attempt to flip the momentum in his team’s favor. That block set up a Josh Lambo 35-yard field goal just before halftime. Lambo made his only two FG attempts, keeping him perfect on the season (12 of 12). He has converted 50 of 53 since joining the Jaguars in 2017 midseason, and that .943 percentage leads the NFL over that span. P Logan Cooke was equally effective, punting four times for a splendid net average of 48.3 yards. He boomed a 60-yarder that couldn’t be returned because of the hang time, which came after a 55-yarder was nullified by an illegal formation penalty.
Demetrius Harvey has five observations from Sunday’s loss.
3. Myles Jack and Quincy Williams struggled mightily
The Jaguars surrendered a staggering 285 yards to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. This included 176 by the NFL’s best offensive player that is not a quarterback in Christian McCaffrey. While there is plenty of blame to pass along, the majority of it needs to go to linebacker Myles Jack and his rookie counter-part Quincy Williams.
Williams gets a pass as he is only a rookie third-round pick out of Murray State — expectations should be low for him. Jack, however, should not get a pass, and the fourth-year linebacker seems to agree.
“I can’t put this on anyone but myself,” Jack told reporters after the loss on Sunday. “I owe it to this team to be better. We have to tighten up.”
John Shipley gives his five observations from the week 5 battle.
4) The lack of any turnover luck continues to hurt Jacksonville
The Jaguars went a full game without forcing a defensive turnover for the fourth time this season, but once again it was more bad luck than anything. Kyle Allen, who came into the game with massive fumbling issues, stayed true to himself and let the ball hit the ground twice, but the Jaguars could not land on either (though one would have been nullified due to penalty even if it was).
Myles Jack gives a candid, sober, assessment of his performance.
“Truth be told I can’t put it on anybody but myself.”