Jaguars go 3-0 in the 2023 preseason: 3 takeaways on win over Dolphins in Week 3

• The Jaguars offense looks sharp (for the most part)

• The defense kept the Dolphins in check

• The wide receivers keep making plays

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) scores a touchdown during the second.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) scores a touchdown during the second. / Corey Perrine / USA TODAY NETWORK
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2. The Jaguars defense held its own against Miami in Week 3 of the preseason

The Jaguars' starting defense also got a chance to make an impression against the Dolphins, and they did. Although they gave up a few big plays, they also held their grown when it mattered the most; the red zone. For three quarters, the Dolphins couldn't reach the end zone and had to settle for four field goals.

It wasn't until the fourth quarter that Miami managed to score. Before that, the Jaguars did a good job of stymying the Dolphins' offense. On top of that, a couple of rookies came through with takeaways. First, it was safety Erick Hallet II and later outside linebacker Yasir Abdullah.

Hallet is currently looking for a roster spot, there's a chance his interception will increase his chances of making the cut. On the other hand, Abdullah could potentially move ahead of fellow pass rusher K'Lavon Chaisson on the depth chart.

Chaisson was the No. 3 pass rusher behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen earlier this year. However, it's fair to say that Abdullah, who's logged one sack and an interception this offseason, has done more than enough to pass Chaisson.

Speaking of Walker, he also had a strong output, registering four total tackles. Following the game, head coach Doug Pederson praised him, noting that he got into the right frame of mind in training camp.

If Walker can build on this performance, the Jaguars' pass rush might not be as concerning as it seems to be — at least from an outside perspective — heading into the 2023 season.