Nobody would have blamed you if the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to struggle against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the 2023 NFL preseason when Trevor Lawrence threw a first interception on the first drive of the game. But the Jags have been able to bounce back and are currently leading 14-0.
Lawrence left the game after throwing a nine-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Christian Kirk, paving the way for backup C.J. Beathard and the second team to take over. Leading 8-0 — after a successful two-point conversion — the Jags showed that they were going to give their best despite the fact that the outcome of the game won't count in the standings.
Not long after Lawrence left, Beathard connected with wide receiver Jacob Harris on a 42-yard pass that set up the eventual QB sneak that gave the Jags a 14-0 lead. Here's Harris' long reception in case you haven't seen it.
Sophomore Gregory Junior has also made his presence felt on special teams, recovering a fumble in punt coverage that led to Jacksonville's first touchdown of the game. Rookie Tank Bigsby, meanwhile, validated the hype that's surrounded him in training camp, breaking off a 16-yard run that gave the Jags a fresh set of downs.
Last, but not least, rookie Yasir Abdullah register his first NFL sack when he got to third-string quarterback Will Grier. He had a clear path but it's still worth recognizing when you take into account that he was in concussion protocol Friday and that outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson hasn't been much of a factor.
There's a lot to like in the Jaguars' bout vs. the Cowboys in Week 1 of the preseason
The Jaguars have made a few blunders. Josh Pederson's floated snap on special teams is one, Trevor Lawrence's interception is another. But overall, Jacksonville has put in a pretty solid performance. Also, it's nice to see players on the roster bumble such as Jacob Harris made the most of his chances.
While there's still plenty of time to go in the game, the Jags haven't disappoint one bit. Then again, that's not breaking news if you follow them in training camp.