The Jaguars are getting ready to travel across the pond for their annual "home game" in London. They'll take on the 2-0 Baltimore Ravens this Sunday -- if the Jaguars hope to improve to 2-1 on the season they'll need several players to play much better than they did against the Titans in week two.
Here's 3 players that must improve in order for the Jaguars to have a shot this Sunday.
1. Cam Robinson - Cam Robinson had an excellent first game of his professional career against the Houston Texans, who happen to boast one of the best defensive fronts in all of football. He didn't give up any QB hits or sacks. Week two, however, was an entirely different story. Robinson was abused time and again by veteran pass rusher Brian Orakpo. Orakpo only got one sack on the day, but he hit QB Blake Bortles twice, recorded a strip sack, and forced early throws several times. Robinson will face Terrell Suggs this Sunday, who has recorded at least 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in each of the first two weeks of the season. In order for the Jaguars offense to be anywhere close to effective Robinson has got to slow down the 15 year veteran Terrell Suggs.
2. AJ Bouye - AJ Bouye has been mostly good for the Jaguars to this point. After signing a rich free agent contract with the Jags this offseason AJ Bouye is expected to be one of the best CBs in football, and he has been -- at least for the most part. The problem is he's racked up four pass interference penalties in just two games, matching his total from last season. The Jaguars defense needs to be able to get off the field in big situations, but if they can't rely on Bouye to keep his hands to him self, so to speak, then the Jaguars will struggle to win games. In addition to the penalties, Bouye has been beaten several times. Against the Titans in week two he was beaten deep by rookie Taywan Taylor for 42 yards on a crucial drive for the Jaguars defense. The bottom line is the penalties must be greatly reduced and the coverage, while mostly good, needs to be better -- especially in the game's pivotal moments.
3. Keelan Cole - Cole, who was a training camp superstar as an undrafted free agent from Kentucky-Wesylan, has struggled since the second week of the preseason. He had multiple drops including a couple of would be TDs in the preseason. Since Allen Robinson's season ending injury and Dede Westbrook's move to the injured reserve, Cole has been relied upon to be the team's third receiver. So far he's left quite a bit to be desired. The Jaguars tried to get Cole involved in the offense on Sunday, to no avail. He ended the game with 2 catches for 13 yards and lost a soul crushing fumble in the second half. No-one expected Cole to have to contribute this early in his career, but that's the situation that he and the Jaguars are now in. Cole must find a way to step up in London.
AVOIDING THE OBVIOUS: Everyone reading this blog knows that Blake Bortles needs to step up. 3 turnovers in a game by one player is never a recipe for success. I simply chose not to include him because it's obvious that the QB play needs to be better. Picking Bortles for this piece would have been like grabbing some low hanging fruit. I decided to dive a little deeper.
So, who do you think needs to improve the most for the Jaguars in week three? Let us know in the comments below!
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