The Jacksonville Jaguars wrapped up their preseason in entertaining fashion on Thursday night, defeating the Washington Redskins on the road. The final score (17-16) couldn’t matter less, but the Jaguars had a good showing with their backups. Almost all of the starters sat and a majority of players we saw on the field won’t be on the active roster next week.
One player who will almost certainly be on the roster next week is rookie running back Corey Grant. Already pushing for a roster spot thanks to his terrific kick return ability, Grant all but locked up a slot on the team with his amazing performance on Thursday night. Grant managed to compile an astonishing 74 yards on 5 carries, including this 40 yarder he broke off against a hapless Redskins defense.
Outside of Grant, it’s hard to pinpoint anyone else who locked up a roster spot on Thursday night. Cap Capi, a fan favorite thanks to some strong play and a magnificent name, made his case by once again providing consistent pressure on the edge, but he needs to squeeze into a crowded defensive line, especially if the team keeps Andre Branch active while injured.
I personally would move forward with Capi and consider putting Branch on injured reserve depending on the evaluation of his injury this week. Capi and Chris Smith look like at the very least a serviceable first and second down LEO rotation, with Chris Clemons coming in on third downs.
Newy minted starting kicker Jason Myers had a chance to show his worth, nailing a “game-winning” 47-yard field goal near the end of the 4th quarter. Myers did miss a long 56 yarder (it had the distance but went wide right), but it was nice to see him come through in a pseudo-pressure situation where he needed to line up and nail a kick. His performance is going to be a constant storyline throughout the season.
That’s more than enough analysis of a meaningless preseason game. It’s time to start gearing up for real football.
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