Rogue Reactions: Jags-Jets

Happy Happy Joy Joy:

Allen Robinson will get paid soon enough!  A-Rob had receptions of 19, 45 and 16 yards.  Blake Bortles played the team’s first two possessions (16 plays).  No. 5 went 6-for-7 while connecting with Robinson, Allen Hurns, Chris Ivory and TJ Yeldon for 105 passing yards.

Telvin Smith led the Jaguars with five solo tackles.

Ivory’s first game in teal and black was nice.  The clear leader for the starting RB job had six carries for 26 yards and a 1-yard score.

Malik Jackson getting pressure up the middle.  On 1010XL, former Jaguars QB David Garrard said pressure in that form is the toughest to face for a signal-caller.

What’s It Mean:

If the first-team offense stays in, the Jaguars get a win.  Everything we’ve seen and heard throughout camp carried over to the field.  The Bortles-led offense looked comfortable and in control.

A number of fans said they would’ve liked to have seen 60 minutes of the Jaguars defense Thursday night.  The depth isn’t quite there on defense in certain position groups.

The first half was fun.  We need more of that to be discussing a playoff picture in the fall.

Can I Borrow a Feeling?:

We would have liked to have seen rookie Jalen Ramsey and free-agent signee Tashaun Gipson.  Gus Bradley said three players – Ramsey, Gipson and center Brandon Linder – could have played if it were the regular season.  Ramsey and Gipson have rest for Thursday and Friday, after 14 camp practices.  We can wait until the next game.

Julius Thomas should have had a touchdown.  It was Bortles’ only incomplete pass.  Bortles said he threw Thomas a bad ball that was low.

The Jags gave up two kick returns that stung.  One for 84 and another going 51 yards.

Make the Jags Great Again:

Rookie DE Yannick Ngakoue recorded an opening-drive sack on Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.  The third-round pick showed flashes and why he was a first-team All-Big Ten in 2015 at Maryland.  Likely-roster cuts Michael Bennett and Bjoern Werner also had a sack each.

 

Marqise Lee played.  Four catches for 49 yards!  String it together and stay healthy.

We didn’t have to hear Luke Joeckel’s name.  That fact and Lee playing made us smile.

Notable quote:

“I think that every game’s different, but to come out like we did, and I think you really pay close attention to tempo and how fast we’re getting up to the line of scrimmage, is so important because it gives Blake more time to recognize defenses and get us in the right call.” – Bradley, on the importance of Jaguars’ fast start

Next: Jaguars host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Jacksonville and Tampa Bay will have joint practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.