After a long and eventful offseason, NFL football has finally returned. Sure, this is just the preseason, but it is enough to fill that football sized hole left in our hearts.
After joint practices, the Jaguars came to Gillette Stadium to finally have a full speed game. The game started somewhat slow before the Jaguars surprisingly took off and gained a lead. The Patriots tied the game up, yet the tie didn’t last and the Jaguars sped off again towards victory. The first preseason game ended with a 31-24 loss to the Patriots. Let’s recap the important stuff.
Even in a loss, there was a surprising amount of good to take away from the game.
First up, Jimmy Garoppolo. Everyone thought Jimmy G. would get traded after his impressive starts last season. However, Bill Belichick thought it best to keep the young QB around. Many second guessed the Hoodie’s decision, especially after reports during training camp claimed that Jimmy had been less than spectacular. Clearly, Jimmy is a game day player. To his credit, Number 10 went 22 for 28, threw for 235 yards and 2 TDs. Jimmy may have started slow, but soon started firing on all cylinders. Perhaps Jimbo just needs the pressure?
Other players definitely showed up too. Austin Carr seemed more than competent. He seemed really good actually, too good to have gone undrafted. Sure it has only been one preseason game but it almost feels safe to say. Carr’s best play included climbing the ladder to make a great catch in the endzone. Take a look:
Avoid the pressure: ✔
Find an open receiver: ✔
Make a leaping catch: ✔
Rookie tight end Jacob Hollister also balled out and made some tough catches. After the night was done, Jacob made a strong case for being TE3 on the final roster. Hell, he even seems to have the Gronk “defenders decide not to cover me” gene.
There was clearly some areas to be worked on in the game. And to be honest, most of it was on defense. The Patriots defense gave up somewhere in the vicinity of 400 yards, and that included 31 points. Matt Patricia, the defensive coordinator, did not look to happy about that.
The Patriots defense really struggled to generate any pressure, and it seemed like the Jaguar quarterbacks had all day to throw. But that’s not all, the Patriots run defense was lackluster as well. For the first few runs, it seemed like the Patriots could hold up. However, it became obvious very soon that the Jaguars could get pretty solid yardage on any given run. Including a 79-yard dash to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage.
There's a reason why his name on Twitter is 'Tail Lights'.
Two major things stood out that really were ugly. First off, rookie Deatrich Wise left the game early with an injury. It’s football and people get hurt all the time right? Of course they do, however, Wise was injured by a teammate and the injury was to the head. Starting your NFL career with a possible concussion is just bad luck, especially after having a great training camp. Hopefully Wise is back on the field in no time, and the head injury doesn’t linger.
We have saved the worst for last. Returning for his second season and making his way back to the worst part of my articles, 2nd-year cornerback: Cyrus Jones! Cyrus was not just bad against the Jaguars, he was awful. Jones was beaten on two huge plays that ended in touchdowns and always seemed to be on the losing side of major plays. The longer this kid plays, the more obvious it is that Cyrus just does not belong in the NFL. Yes, it is only the preseason, but Jones was bad last season and in his first game back, Jones is still bad. The good news for Cyrus is that he was 3 more weeks to show what he is made of before he might get cut. Let us hope that number 41 turns things around. Take a look at the two plays Cyrus got beaten on:
Dede is speedy.
It is kind of sad to say that Jones’s pro’s from last night were that he didn’t fumble any kick returns.