3 Jaguars players who stepped up vs Chiefs, 2 who didn't in disappointing Week 2 loss

• The Chiefs proved to be too much for the Jaguars at home

• The Jags are now 1-1 in the 2023 season

• Here are three studs and two duds from the game

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) hauls in a reception but not inbounds as Kansas City.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) hauls in a reception but not inbounds as Kansas City. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Unio / USA
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No. 2 who had a rough day vs. the Chiefs in Week 2: Ben Bartch, OL

One of the biggest storylines of the offseason was whether left guard Ben Bartch would be ready to for the opener. Bartch, a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft, dislocated his knee and spent the months preceding the regular season working on being ready for Week 1.

Bartch fared well in the opener, but he had trouble to either open running lanes or giving Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw. That said, he wasn't the only Jaguars' offensive lineman who struggled against the Chiefs. Anton Harrison, who had the Herculean task of slowing down Chris Jones, had a rough outing for the second straight week.

Having said that, the Jaguars overall did a subpar job of performing up to task, so don't think of Bartch as a scapegoat. The group will have their work cut out heading into Week 3.

No. 1 who had a rough out vs. the Chiefs in Week 2: Zay Jones, WR

Zay Jones posted career numbers in 2022 and he picked up where he left off last year, hauling in five receptions for 55 yards with a touchdown in the opener. However, he had a day to forget against the Chiefs. He had two chances to reach the end zone but couldn't get both feet in. To make matters worse, he finished the game without a single reception even though he was targeted six times.

Granted, Jones wasn't the only player that Trevor Lawrence missed inside the 20-yard line. Lawrence went 0-of-7 in the red zone per NextGen Stats. That's the most red-zone attempts without a completion since Brett Favre in 2006 against the Lions.

Yikes! Nevertheless, Jones had a couple chances to get the Jaguars ahead on the scoreboard but came short. The Jags will need to get back to the drawing board Monday and see what went wrong against the Chiefs.

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