Jacksonville Jaguars: Lawrence’s preseason debut and 6 observations

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16. (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16. (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Not everything was sunshine and flowers for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

5. The Jaguars were good at stopping the run… the pass, not so much.

It’s true that the Jaguars’ offense had a hard time finding the end zone but the defense didn’t fare much better. Cleveland only got 26 yards on the ground and averaged a measly 1.6 per carry. On the other hand, they had no trouble throwing the football, completing 31 of 44 passes for 319 passing yards. Although it’s not time to panic yet, the Jaguars need to do a better job of stopping the pass in the following weeks.

Last season, Jacksonville’s defense ranked 31st in points and total yards allowed. They spent the offseason fortifying both their defensive front and their secondary. The Jags surely expect better results moving forward.

6. Tim Tebow didn’t do much in his preseason debut. 

The Jaguars’ first preseason game highlighted the areas Tim Tebow needs to work on. The former Gator finished the game with no catches and showed he still needs to work on his blocking skills. He still has time to make the transition to tight end and compete for a roster spot but it won’t be an easy task.

As it is, tight end Tyler Davis is on the outside looking in but he caught a touchdown pass from Jake Luton towards the end of the game. Tebow will probably survive the first round of cuts but he needs to show up against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 of the preseason if he wants to earn a roster spot.

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