It wasn’t a great watch for Jacksonville Jaguars fans on Thursday evening, for the first preseason game of 2019 against the Baltimore Ravens, thankfully on the road. I’ll be perfectly honest, when Tanner Lee came into the game and the drive went sack, sack, pick six I stood up and said “Alright that’s enough of that,” and turned it off.
So, based on about 2.25 quarters of viewing, here are some observations and who I think had their stock go up or down.
C.J. Reavis: The second year safety put on a little bit of a show in Thursday’s game. He was seemingly all over the field, disrupting in the backfield, and coming up being a presence in the run game. The Jaguars starting safeties are a question mark, but so far Reavis looks like a very serviceable backup who could develop even more.
Will Richardson: The second year offensive lineman has been bouncing between right guard and right tackle and doing a nice job. Former Jaguars great and radio color commentator Tony Boselli mentioned in the pre-game show he thought Richardson was pushing to start at right guard. In Thursday’s game he got some action at right tackle and I thought did a real nice job.
Ryquell Armstead: The Jaguars rookie running back only had 22 yards on eight carries, but he looked like a determined runner and outside of one bad decision on third and short, hit the hole and went up-field. He had a nice move in the backfield with a jump cut leaving a defender looking silly and turning a loss into a gain, but unfortunately ended the night with a concussion. What he did before made me want to see him get more carries, though.
Taven Bryan: I’m not going to be as harsh as some and say his roster spot may not be safe (it is), but it wasn’t a good night for the second year defensive lineman and didn’t exactly inspire hope he will put it together. Bryan had two back to back plays where he was disruptive, but on nearly 40 snaps those were the only plays I could remember and he didn’t register on the stat sheet.
Breon Borders: It was a tough night for the training camp star, as he was very handsy and grabby and got picked on quite a bit all night. Sometimes you just have those games as a defensive back, but he was definitely someone Baltimore targeted.
Quarterback Depth: Boy, I know you’re screwed typically if you starter goes down, but man... The Jaguars are really screwed. To be fair to Gardner Minshew I would like to see him play when 1/3rd of the roster isn’t inactive, but it was pretty bad. Minshew had a handful of “Ok, there it is,” type of plays but once he left it was even worse.