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The Jaguars completed their home preseason schedule with a disappointing 19-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins, a game which wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. The Jaguars offensive and defensive starters struggled against the Dolphins, as they couldn’t move the ball effectively or manufacture anything that resembled a pass rush.
David Garrard struggled mightily as he missed open receivers and was noticeably off target. Garrard finished 7/14 for 63 yards, and missed on a sure touchdown to a wide open Mike Walker on a fourth down play. It was clearly his worst game since the playoff victory at Pittsburgh.
The vaunted Jacksonville running game was almost non-existent as the team rushed for just 42 yards on 17 carries. Conversely the Dolphins offense ran on the Jaguars to the tune of 123 yards on 36 carries.
“They out-physicaled us,” Del Rio said in a post-game press conference when asked what happened to his team that many believe to be a Super Bowl contender.
Jacksonville committed two turnovers and missed a field goal. Maurice Jones-Drew fumbled as he was about to score a touchdown early in the second quarter. Cleo Lemon accounted for the other Jaguars turnover as he was intercepted by Joey Thomas. When the starters left the game, the Jaguars trailed 13-0.
Players that stood out positively for the Jaguars were return man Brian Witherspoon, who returned two kickoffs for 71 yards; wide receiver Mike Walker caught three balls for 36 yards; wide receiver Ryan Hoag played in “garbage time” and caught three passes for 71 yards including a 53-yard bomb from third-string quarterback Todd Bouman.
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This game may have gained holdout first-round pick Derrick Harvey some more leverage as the Jaguars couldn’t get anything resembling a pass rush. The team registered no sacks and didn’t get close to any of the Miami quarterbacks, despite playing against a very average at best, inexperienced Dolphins offensive line that included Jake Long, who played flawless.
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