After Further Review: Jaguars Offense

After Further Review: Jaguars Offense

The Jaguars had an up and down team performance in Friday’s 13-12 loss to the Detroit Lions. We are going to look at some of the individual performances from the game to determine who helped themselves and who didn’t prior to Tuesday’s first round of cuts.

The Jaguars had an up and down team performance in Friday’s 13-12 loss to the Detroit Lions. We are going to look at some of the individual performances from the game to determine who helped themselves and who didn’t prior to Tuesday’s first round of cuts.

Allen Hurns - I’ll say it- there has never been a bigger UDFA rookie lock to make a roster in the history of the NFL. Hurns not only looks like a pro, but he looks like the Jaguars best receiver. For the third consecutive game, Hurns led the Jags in receiving catching 7 balls for 113 yards and his first NFL touchdown. He’s been very impressive.

Chad Henne - Chad Henne played his usual Chad Henne type of game. Unimpressive, one good throw and a few horrible ones, and most importantly he couldn’t move the team. Henne will be the Day 1 starter according to Gus Bradley, but there’s no doubt to anyone with eyes that he’s not the best quarterback on the roster.

Blake Bortles - All Bortles Everything! Blake Bortles looked fantastic, whether it was firing bullets down the field, changing plays at the line of scrimmage or eluding oncoming rushers. He looks like a seasoned pro and he’s able to move the offense. It’s only a matter of time before he takes over as the starter and the Jaguars and the fans will be better off for it. Seattle made the same tough decision when Russell Wilson beat out Matt Flynn, it’s surprising that the Jaguars aren’t doing it.

Mike Brewster - Brewster lost his starting job and he’s going to need a strong performance in the preseason finale to keep his roster spot. He continues to struggle blocking people and he was even tried at right guard where he didn’t play particularly well there.

Jacques McClendon - McClendon had one bad snap but otherwise looked okay at center. Right now he could be in the driver’s seat for the starting job, but this thing is going to come down to the preseason finale against Atlanta.

Luke Bowanko - Bowanko’s snaps were okay and he didn’t do anything else to really stand out. He didn’t play particularly well, but he wasn’t awful either.

Luke Joeckel - The former second-overall pick struggled at times after playing very well against Chicago. There will likely be some growing pains as he transitions toward hopefully being an elite left tackle.

Marcedes Lewis - Could Marc have a renaissance this season? If preseason is an indicator he very well might have. Lewis looked spry, caught a tough pass in traffic and absorbed blows. Marcedes is a throwback type of tight end, not the new style of Jimmy Graham basketball player but he is an elite blocker and catches the ball well on drag routes and misdirection plays.

Toby Gerhart - The Jaguars running back ran for tough yards and is a load to bring down. He’s a punishing two down back who has a decent set of hands too. With the lack of production of anyone else, Gerhart may see more attempts than previously thought.

Denard Robinson - Denard is fast with the football and has pretty good vision. Although he can’t be an every downs starter, I think it’s pretty clear he’s been the teams second-best back.

Ricky Stanzi After Ricky threw two interceptions on nine attempts, it’s very likely that Thursday will be his last day in a Jaguars uniform. Stanzi just isn’t accurate enough to play quarterback at this level.

Ramses Barden Barden is an intriguing wide receiver due to his 6-foot-6 frame. It’s a shame he hasn’t been able to get on the field with a reasonably accurate quarterback because he adds the jump-ball dimension to the offense that they currently lack.

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