The Jaguars showed they are a team on the move in their 29-15 win over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon at TIAA Bank Field.
The Jaguars, as expected by most, defeated the Jets on a muggy day at TIAA Everbank Stadium. The home team was favored to win on Sunday, However, the Jets scored easily on their first drive of the game.
Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash made an immediate adjustment and started pressuring quarterback Sam Darnold which hurt the Jets on offense. Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew once again played effective football and the defense recorded eight sacks in the game.
The defense did allow the Jets to score in the fourth quarter to make the score 22-15, as the Jaguars played a prevent defense with only a three-man rush. Darnold moved the football down the field and the Jets scored quickly. The defense made more adjustments and continued to put pressure on the quarterback.
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The Jaguars played well, overall. Minshew played like a veteran and kicker Josh Lambo, despite an extra point miss, kicked three critical field goals. The defense played well harassing Darnold all day and stopping the Jets run game.
Instead of just talking about the game, this week we look at four players who stood out in the Jaguars victory on Sunday.
The Jaguars picked up Austin Calitro from waivers in September 2019. He had bounced around the NFL for several years. In fact, when I saw him starting on Sunday, I had to look for information on the weakside linebacker. Calitro had seven tackles and applied pressure from the outside.
Tre Herndon has been asked to replace Jalen Ramsey at cornerback and had by far the best game of his career on Sunday. He registered three tackles and two interceptions. That’s impressive for a player who wasn’t drafted into the NFL.
Chris Conley, a free agent signee this offseason, has played well this season but had his best game by far. He led the team with four receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown of 70 yards put the Jaguars in the lead to stay.
Finally, Abry Jones played well in the middle of the defensive line. The tackle had four tackles and 1/2 a sack. The loss of Marcell Dareus was critical to stopping the Jets running game, but Jones played well alongside Taven Bryan and Calais Campbell.
There are two final impressions I would like to share. First is the non-call on the very obvious taunting penalty committed by Brian Poole on Leonard Fournette. Poole was waving his hands in Fournette’s face and the announcers and consulting official agreed it was a blatant penalty.
Fournette managed to keep himself under control, showing more maturity on the field. It is even more impressive because offensive coordinator John DeFilippo ran him into a wall all day. The other impression was the largely forgotten Keelan Cole catching a touchdown and recovering a fumble on a punt return. He now has two touchdown catches in his last two games.