Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 winners and losers from preseason finale

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
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It was kind of frustrating to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first two weeks of this year’s preseason. Sure, they showed their defense showed they can stop the run and there were some individual performances that stood out.

However, nobody would have blamed you if you expected more. After all, the Jags spent the whole offseason upgrading the roster and Trevor Lawrence was now behind center, so it felt like they didn’t play up to their potential. It wasn’t just one thing, they couldn’t block, they struggled to run the ball and they had a hard time stopping both the Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints from passing the ball. That’s why it was so refreshing to see them beat the Dallas Cowboys in a convincing fashion in Week 3 of the preseason.

Lawrence ended the team’s first-half touchdown drought in the preseason. The defense limited Big D to seven points for most of the game and they gave up a second receiving touchdown only when the game was out of reach. Yes, the Jags faced the Cowboys’ backups and their defense had a pretty rudimentary game plan but that doesn’t take anything away from head coach Urban Meyer’s first preseason win.

Despite the fact that this game won’t count in 2021’s win column, the Jaguars should head into the regular season knowing that if they execute, they can keep up with opposing teams. Here are three winners and losers from the Jaguars’ preseason finale.