Last night the Jaguars made significant strides in a losing effort to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After a relatively flat performance by the Jaguar’s offense in the first Preseason at Miami, they came out slinging against the Bucs. On the first play of scrimmage Garrard dropped back in a play action pass to hit Troy Williamson down the middle of the field for a 74 yard touchdown pass.
Garrard played through the entire first half going 10 of 16 for 216 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Jags first team defense managed to control the Bucs running attack but failed to put pressure on starting QB Byron Leftwich. The defense stayed in the traditional 4 – 3 set more last night than on Monday when they experimented with the 3 – 4 scheme on several occasions. John Henderson continued to look strong, eating up space in the middle.
Several of the Jaguar’s rookies showed flashes, such as 1st round pick Eugene Monroe and WR Jarret Dillard. 7th round pick Tiquan Underwood did make one catch for 30 yards but only after dropping to easy completions that would have resulted in first downs.
Hopefully this game will encourage some fence sitting Jags fans to buy a half pack as the chance of seeing a home game on television this seems to be slim to none.