By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
Yes, it was a 37-13 loss. But when you look at the body of work the Jacksonville Jaguars put in during their game against the New York Jets, the only thing that stood out was Blaine Gabbert’s ability to play in Jedd Fisch’s offense.
While it may have been the best performance of Gabbert’s career since he threw for over 300 yards against Green Bay last season, the effort has not won him the opening day start against Kansas City.
At least that is what head coach Gus Bradley has stated.
Like John Oehser of Jaguars.com stated, it would be hard to image Gabbert not being the starter, unless there is an injury or a world-altering event in the middle EverBank Field.
Gabbert looked poised, comfortable and in control. The team responded and the fact he could march the team down the field and score was something we have not seen since - well last preseason.
The fact Justin Blackmon was on the field was a real help to the third-year veteran make his point to be the starter this season.
Gabbert’s performance was not the only thing that caught my eye Saturday night. Good or bad, here are my thoughts on the night.
Jeremy Mincey came to play
He registered a sack and seemed more at ease in the Jaguars’ defense. Mincey is one of those guys who I think is still on the bubble with making this roster. Saturday night’s performance really helped his cause.
The Jaguars missed Luke Joeckel
The Jaguars had issues running off the right side of the line. Luke Joeckel did not play because of a hip flexor. I am not a math major, but if you put one and one together, you understand how big a part of the Jaguars starting line the first round pick has become.
Penalties killed this team
While Gus Bradley preaches that there are things his team can take care of and things they can’t, penalties are definitely something this team can control. While it would appear the team would have lost no matter what the penalty count was, the fact the team continued to try and dig itself out of a hole in the second half. The Jaguars will have to be better at controlling stupid errors if they want to win next week at home.
Depth is needed
I worry this is a team that will have a decent first unit, but the drop off is significant after that. The running backs are solid and the wide receivers could be decent. But can you honestly say that you would feel comfortable with reserves on this roster right now?
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