Here we will look at 5 of the noticeably terrible aspects of the Jaguars implosion against the Buccaneers on Thursday. Sure, there were some positives to take away from the game, but we'll get to that in another post.
1. Blake Bortles, duh
Blake Bortles was bad Thursday night. Plain and simple. He didn't turn the ball over, yet still, somehow, had one of the worst performances of his short career. He didn't look like a gun slinger than turns the ball over too much. No, Bortles looked incompetent. Like someone who shouldn't be on an NFL field. Like someone who has lost all confidence. After the game Doug Marrone told the media that the starting QB job would be opened up for a competition. This may have been the last game Bortles ever starts as a Jaguars or in the NFL period.
2. Jason Myers
Yep, it's time to bring in a kicker for competition. Myers has had his fair share of struggles throughout his career, but these last two weeks have been his worst stretch as a kicker. Against the Patriots he missed two field goals and then followed it up by missing a field goal and an extra point on Thursday night against the Bucs.
3. The run game
The run game, as it has been all training camp, wasn't good or even okay without Leonard Fournette not on the field. The Jaguars offensive line, a unit that appeared to be improving over the last couple of weeks, was abysmal. They couldn't open up running lanes and the Jaguars runners struggled to create something out of nothing. This team is going to be heavily reliant on Leonard Fournette in 2017. Let's hope he's up to the task.
4. The defense
The defense did not play as advertised last night. With three new veteran starters, a ton on young talent, and a returning core of veterans the Jaguars defense is expected to be a top ten unit. Well, Thursday night they were far from it. They allowed the Buccaneers to play balanced football on offense. The Bucs rushes for over 130 yards and passed for over 230 yards. The Jaguars defense needs to tighten up -- quick.
5. The receivers
Not every Jaguar receiver had a poor night, but as a whole the receivers weren't up to snuff. Marcedes Lewis dropped a would be first down catch while Allen Robinson and Keelan Cole dropped easy TD catches on the same drive. This offense is supposed to have an impressive group of receivers. Obviously, the team was without a couple of their key contributors at WR, but this performance was unacceptable.
Make sure to check out our piece later about what actually went right for the Jaguars in this one.
What do you think? Time to pull the plug on 2017? Let us know in the comments!
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