The Jacksonville Jaguars saw their game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the preseason as a rehearsal for the regular season, and it was for a bit over three quarters. However, the bout had to be finished prematurely due to an injury wide receiver Daewood Davis suffered with a bit over eight minutes to go. The good news is that Davis was taken to a local hospital and is conscious and moving his limbs.
At the time the game was canceled, the Jags were 31-18, so they won by default. Then again, it's a preseason contest, so it doesn't count in the standings. On the other hand, the Jags the Jags did plenty of good before the game was called off. With this in mind, here are three takeaways from the win over the Phins.
3. Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars starting offense looked sharp vs. the Dolphins
Following the 27-5 win over the Detroit Lions, head coach Doug Pederson said he wanted to give the starters an extended look in the finale. True to his word, Pederson gave Trevor Lawrence and the offense two full drives to show what they could do. They scored on the second one and came close in their first posssession. In fact, they would've probably been up 14-0 had it not been for a fumble rookie running back Tank Bigsby lost.
But fumble aside and a few mistakes aside, the Jags should feel good about their performance against Miami. Lawrence hadn't gotten much playing time in the preseason but that changed against the Dolphins. He got to play for two series and he was on target, going 8-of-10 for 92 yards. Moreover, he got solid protection when he was on the field. You could make the case that the biggest gaffe came from rookie Antonio Harrison, who was flagged for holding.
Also, the Jaguars made it a priority to run the ball and it paid off, with Travis Etienne and Bigsby combining for 74 yards on 14 carries.
Wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught three passes, a couple for first downs, for 50 yards on three targets. Coach Pederson isn't surely pleased with Bigby's fumble and Harrison's penalty, which negated a 15-yard rush by Etienne. Nevertheless, the Jaguars should feel good about their ability to move the ball against the Dolphins' starting defense.