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In the preseason, it’s not whether you win or lose rather how you play the game. The Jaguars lost on Saturday night to the Miami Dolphins, and didn’t play well at all. If a team is going to lay an egg, preseason is the best time to do it, but the inaccuracy of the quarterbacks, lack of physicality from the defense, and poor cover skills from the secondary seem to be cause for concern.
1. Ryan Hoag. The former Bachelorette contestant led the team in receiving as he caught three balls for 71 yards, including a 53-yard bomb from Todd Bouman in which he had to adjust to the ball and made a fine grab.
2. Brian Witherspoon. The “Stillman Flash” continued to show his game-breaking speed on some early returns before injuring his ankle. Assuming his injury is minor, Witherspoon will likely earn a roster spot.
3. Mike Walker. After a difficult week against Atlanta in which he dropped a couple passes, Walker was able to get open consistently and caught three passes for 36 yards.
4. D’Juan Woods. All D’Juan Woods has done is caught every pass thrown his way in the preseason and through much of training camp. We’re not sure if Woods will make the roster, but he’s done everything he can possibly do.
5. Charles Davis. Big Charles Davis was solid in run-blocking, and caught two passes for 19 yards including a leaping 12-yard touchdown reception.
6. Justin Durant. Durant was one of the few bright spots from what appeared to be a much uninspired Jacksonville defense.
7. Todd Bouman. It may be too little too late for Bouman, but he showed solid arm strength and was the most accurate passer for the Jaguars Saturday night.
8. Derrick Harvey. Although Harvey didn’t play because he’s still not signed, his value must have grown as the Jaguars couldn’t get any kind of pass rush against the Miami offensive line.
Guys who didn’t play so well:
1. David Garrard. The Jaguars starting quarterback hardly looked like a franchise guy, as he consistently missed open receivers and looked hesitant while going through his reads.
2. Paul Spicer. Aside from one early highlight, Spicer was handled by Dolphins rookie left tackle Jake Long.
3. Cleo Lemon. The backup quarterback job is Lemon’s to lose, and he did his best to lose the job. Lemon hit on just 5 of 12 passes and had a bad interception.
4. Rashean Mathis. Mathis was beat several times by Ted Ginn and Derek Hagan, and looks nothing like a former Pro Bowl cornerback.
5. Brian Williams. Williams started at safety and the defense appeared to suffer. Williams was in the wrong spots from time to time.
6. John Broussard. After a great training camp a year ago, Broussard has hurt his roster chances this year. Broussard dropped a big third-down pass Saturday night, and hasn’t stood out at all thus far.
7. Mike Peterson. The Jaguars veteran middle linebacker looked slow and played poorly Saturday night.
We could’ve pointed out several others that played poorly for the Jaguars. It was one of the sloppiest performances in the Jack Del Rio era, as the team seemed utterly uninspired and offensive execution was nearly non-existent.
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