Happy Happy Joy Joy
The starters won again: Blake Bortles and the first team offense scored touchdowns on two of the three series they were in for Saturday night, leaving the game with a 14-7 advantage before the Buccaneers backups were able to lead a comeback for the win.
There is an embarrassment of riches on offense: Big plays for Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, TJ Yeldon, Chris Ivory, Marqise Lee (and of course the steady hand of Blake Bortles) had the crowd going wild and not even wondering where the likes of Julius Thomas and others were. Not everyone will have to be involved every game for this team to win. Think of Team USA basketball.
Our first impression of Jalen Ramsey was a good one: The first round pick was matched up with talented number one wide receiver Mike Evans in the first quarter and held his own. Many speculated whether Ramsey was the Jags best cover guy and even if he was would he get top flight assignments early. While we cannot assume it will be like this from here on out, the coaching staff certainly wanted to see if he was up to the task. Ramsey vs. AJ Green next week should be fun.
Running back is a platoon (and a good one): Both Yeldon and Ivory got carries with the first team offense, which was expected, and both showed flashes of what makes them so dangerous. Yeldon flashed his hands and quickness on a touchdown reception and Ivory had several punishing runs. Underrated was the Jaguars ability to create some holes up front, and the willingness to run mostly to the left side, behind Luke Joeckel and Mackenzy Bernadeau, whom the coaches seem to have a lot of faith in early.
All of the Feelings
The Bank was rocking: The first home game of the 2016 season felt like one, with the crowd in midseason form during the first quarter. Questions as to whether or not the new club upgrades would help fill the seats were answered with a resounding yes as well.
The return of the Banger: Bryan Anger returned to EverBank for the first time since the disappointing third round pick departed in free agency this past offseason. He was heartily booed several times as fans were finally able to exercise some demons. Hopefully, we are one step closer as a fan base to completely erasing ourselves of the Gene Smith catastrophe now.
”I thought the guys did a really good job of rebounding and coming back and putting up some points.” – Bortles on scoring two touchdowns after an ugly first series. The Jaguars will not score every first series this season. The key will be how quickly the can put that failure behind and rebound. Last night hopefully was a good sign for improved first quarter play in 2016.
Jaguars host the Cincinnati Bengals at 8 p.m. August 28. The Bengals are coming off of another playoff berth and another first round exit, things that have become as clockwork as the sun rising in the east. They most recently defeated the Detroit Lions 30-14 on August 18 at Ford Field.