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Jaguars-Bears: Observations from Thursday's game

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Better late than never, here are some observations from the Jaguars’ game Thursday at Chicago (involving the starters and Bortles’ second-team):

OFFENSE

*The Jaguars used a fullback (Will Ta’ufo’ou) or two tight ends (Marcedes Lewis, Brandon Barden or D.J. Tialavea) on 15 first-quarter snaps.

*RB Toby Gerhart played all eight opening-drive snaps in his preseason debut. On his first carry, he gained six yards, including four after first contact.

*Lewis’ first catch was a 20-yard gain on a corner route in which he wasn’t covered – he caught it 14 yards downfield.

*Gerhart’s 18-yard rush was blocked well. RG Jacques McClendon pulled left and took out LB D.J. Williams. Lewis and LT Luke Joeckel double-teamed DE Jared Allen.

*The Jaguars converted a third-and-12 to keep their second drive going when QB Chad Henne threw a dart to WR Mike Brown for 20 yards (six YAC). Three plays later, on first-and-10, the Jaguars gained 14 yards on a tight end screen to Lewis. Todman picked up a blitzing Jonathan Bostic and McClendon and RT Austin Pasztor released downfield to try and block for Lewis.

*The third drive started at the Bears’ 23 and quickly became a second-and-17 from the 30 following a seven-yard sack of Henne (McClendon was beat by Jay Ratliff and Brewster held DT Stephen Paea). On third-and-13, Henne was sacked (McClendon beat) but the drive stayed alive because of an Bears penalty downfield.

*Henne’s 6-yard touchdown pass to WR Marqise Lee came out of the pistol formation. Henne threw in 2.90 seconds after looking right for Brown and then left for Lee, who caught the pass at the 3.

*QB Blake Bortles’ first drive started at the Jaguars’ 25 and included completions of 16, 24 and 10 yards to set up a 43-yard Josh Scobee field goal. Bortles threw 16 yards to Kerry Taylor to convert a third-and-5 and 24 yards on a roll-out right to Brown.

*RB Denard Robinson got his shot early in the third quarter and had rushes of 9, 3, 3 and 4 yards to help set up a 29-yard field goal. Also during the drive, Bortles checked out of a running play to throw 29 yards to Taylor on second-and-1.

*Luke Bowanko was playing RG when he sustained an ankle injury and it was friendly fire. He was already on the ground when C Brandon Linder either stepped on him/kicked him.

DEFENSE

*Chicago’s first drive was a three-and-out: Jay Cutler incompletion (nine yards downfield to Brandon Marshall), seven-yard pass to Alshon Jeffrey and a 1-yard swing pass to Matt Forte. On the third-and-3 play, CB Dwayne Gratz made a nice open-field tackle.

*The Jaguars started the game in nickel so LB Telvin Smith and CB Will Blackmon got starts instead of LBs Geno Hayes and LaRoy Reynolds.

*Cutler’s second and final drive was a 10-play, 85-yard touchdown march. On third-and-10, he had 3.75 seconds against a four-man rush before throwing 25 yards over the middle to TE Martellus Bennett.

*During the scoring drive, DT Roy Miller had two fine plays. He tossed aside LG Matt Slauson to stop Forte for a 1-yard loss. Later, he beat C Roberto Garza to stop Forte for a 2-yard loss.

*Chris Smith, normally a DE, played DT on the first two third downs of Chicago’s second drive. He was on the field with ends Ryan Davis and Andre Branch and regular DT Sen’Derrick Marks.

*Late in the first half, the Jaguars trotted out their “Cheetah” package – four Leos on the field. It was Branch and Chris Clemons at the ends and Smith/Davis inside. Clemons drew a holding penalty on the second play of the drive.

SPECIAL TEAMS

*First kickoff return: Todman, Davis, Ta’ufo’ou, Jones, D. Robinson, Evans, Fleming, Prosinski, Reynolds, T. Smith and McCray.

*First punt return: Blackmon, Prosinski, T. Smith, Davis, C. Smith, Gratz, McCray, D. Robinson, Reynolds, Harris and Young.

*First punt coverage: Anger, Tinker, McCray, Ta’ufo’ou, Evans, Prosinski, Davis, D. Robinson, Hurns, Stupar and T. Smith.

*First kickoff coverage: Scobee, T. Smith, Guy, McCray, Cyprien, Gratz, Stupar, Prosinski, Davis, Reynolds and Evans.

*Todman started the game with a 29-yard kickoff, caught after a 3.96-second hang time and 1 yard into the end zone.

*Scobee’s kickoff first-half hang-times: 4.31, 4.03 and 3.81.

*Anger’s only punt was 4.97 seconds and a 51-yarder that was downed at the Bears’ 10.

*On Chicago’s first punt, Blackmon slipped, allowing for a 12-yard roll.

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Jag Cynic DeVille 08/17/14 - 11:38 am
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Toby had 6 carries for 19

Toby had 6 carries for 19 yards, of note the two inside the five lost yardage. No way into the endzone we punt.
Toby had one catch for 8 yards. 7 touches gaining 27 yds,meanwhile (MJD 7 touches for 34 with a 22 yard long).

I am glad we drafted a QB and 2 WR's with our 1st 3 picks. I am glad we let MJD walk. I am glad TG is DC's feature RB.
BTW, so is our franchise leading scorer! Scobbie scoobie DOOO!

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