The Jaguars took on the Falcons Thursday night in their preseason finale. 40 Jaguars players were inactive for the game, but several recognizable names took the field. The Jaguars dropped their fourth straight preseason game by a score of 31-12, falling to 0-4 in 2019.
Gardner Minshew receives no help.
The Jaguars' second-string QB's stat line left a lot to be desired, but he wasn't helped out much by his wideouts in this one. Overall he continued to show accuracy and poise. The game doesn't seem too big for him, even with less than ideal help around him. Minshew finished the game completing just 11/26 passes. Many will be disappointed with the fact that Minshew failed to get the Jaguars in the end zone this preseason, but he wasn't helped by his offensive lineman for much of the time. Would he perform at a higher level if he were playing with the ones? Let's hope we don't have to find out the answer to that question during the 2019 season.
Taven Bryan's wild ride.
The much-maligned 2018 first-round pick started off slow. Bryan got penalized for a late hit and whiffed on a tackle early on. But after he got settled in, Bryan picked up a pressure, a sack, and two more tackles.
Ryquell Armstead shows he belongs.
Roc Armstead was a steady contributor, even with one of his biggest gains getting called back due to a penalty. The rookie from Temple had seven total touches for 50 yards. He should be Fournette's primary backup entering the regular season.
Leonard Wester. Yikes.
Wester's play continued to nosedive in this one. He picked up an early holding penalty and consistently allowed edge rushers to pressure Gardner Minshew. At this point, it would be shocking if the veteran swing tackle makes the team.
Alex McGough continued to show off his big arm and superb athletic ability. His stat lines have left a bit to be desired — he completed just 6/12 passes for 31 yards — in terms of efficiency, but his talent is undeniable. Other than Nick Foles, McGough has led the only Jaguars' touchdown drives this preseason. He's scored twice with his legs, including a 16 yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter Thursday.
Datone Jones shows up late.
Datone Jones didn't have the same impact that he's had throughout training camp and into the preseason. Jones picked up a blocked field goal late in the game. His resume prior to Thursday night, however, should earn him a roster spot. He has positional versatility and can wreak havoc when surrounded by talented players.
Tre McBride leads the team in catches.
The young receiver had another decent night, hauling in three of his seven targets. If the best ability is availability, McBride may have the inside track at the final roster spot at receiver.
CJ Board. Where was he?
Board didn't get much playing time in this one and received no targets. I'm not sure why he wasn't out there, but he seemed to have a decent shot at the roster entering the game. We'll see if more information comes out about Board.
Andrew Wingard makes a case.
The undrafted rookie safety has been making his case for the 53-man roster over the past several weeks. He led the team in tackles on Thursday, picking up six tackles. If he is to make the Jaguars 53-man roster, it'll be as a special teams specialist.
It was a less-than-ideal night for many of the young players trying to make the Jaguars' roster. After final cuts, I wouldn't be surprised if the Jaguars add more than a couple of players that were released by other teams around the NFL.
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