Jags Win: Richard’s Weekly Performance Review
The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) avoided their first winless preseason in history by beating the Washington Redskins (1-3) by a score of 24-17. It was far and away Jacksonville’s best preseason outing this year. The Jaguars’ defense held the Redskins to 254 total yards of offense and 17 first downs. The Redskins’ ground game (57 yards) was smothered by the Jaguars. On offense, Jacksonville wide receivers Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas had impressive outings.
However, superstar Maurice Jones-Drew went down with an injury. There’s no word on how serious it may be. But, all in all, Jacksonville finished the 2009 preseason on a positive note – a win.
Now, on to the Awards…
Best Play of the Game: In the first quarter, Tyron Brackenridge made a fantastic hit on a kickoff return. He jarred the ball loose and rookie Tiquan Underwood picked it up at the Redskins’ 3 and ran it in for a touchdown. Brackenridge has a roster spot clinched. He has garnered the attention of the coaching staff and fans. To me, Brackenridge always seems to be around the ball.
Best Director (goes to Jaguar coach or coordinator): Jack Del Rio, Head Coach – Del Rio had his team ready to play. Jacksonville was truly the better team last night. Washington looked like it wanted to be somewhere else. An excellent first-half showing has to have Del Rio pleased going into the final cuts. The defense could once again be Jacksonville’s trademark.
Best Jaguar in a Leading Role: Mike Sims-Walker, wide receiver – In his first game action this season, he finished the night with four catches for 63 yards and one touchdown. This type of play has been expected from Sims-Walker. If he can be healthy, Jacksonville might have a solid young receiver. Dare I say it? He could be a true No. 1 receiver one day.
Best Jaguar in a Supporting Role: David Garrard, starting quarterback – It was a solid night at quarterback for the Jaguars. Garrard was 10/13 for 95 yards and one passing touchdown with a 122.3 passer rating. Like I’ve said before, this is Garrard’s year to shine. Sims-Walker along with Torry Holt and Troy Williamson can definitely help Garrard with that.
Most Well-Liked Jaguar: Joe Zelenka, long-time Jaguar long snapper – The 33-year-old Zelenka didn’t snap the ball once last night. The younger Jeremy Cain, 29, took all the snaps. According to David Lamm of 1010XL, Jacksonville plans to cut Zelenka on Saturday. It definitely shows this club is going young. Zelenka played eight long seasons (128 games) for the Jaguars. Zelenka is a fan favorite. This city will miss him.
Best Redskin in a Leading Role: Clinton Portis, starting running back – Even though Portis did not play, in my opinion, he is the best player Washington has. Portis is a lock for another 1,000-yard season. He’ll be a workhorse whenever he puts on a jersey.
Best Redskin in a Supporting Role: Malcolm Kelly, wide receiver – Last night, he only caught one ball for 11 yards. But, the Washington Post reported earlier in the week that Kelly passed Devin Thomas as the Redskins’ No. 2 receiver. Kelly will start across from star Santana Moss, which means Kelly will get balls thrown in his direction.
Best Sound Editing: “We’re just trying to go out every week and win.” – Mike Sims-Walker on his expectations for the 2009 season
Best Animated Short (goes to the player with the most passion on the field): Tim Shaw, linebacker – He has caught my attention in the three preseason games he’s played. Shaw deserves to be on this team, but the team’s too deep at linebacker for him to potentially start. He’ll be a good special-teams player when called upon. Shaw’s four tackles last night put a nice stamp on his 2009 preseason.
Tweet of the Week (Twitter post): “Great practice today to finish the week. Now I’m getting a fresh haircut at MVP barbershop.” – David Garrard on Tuesday, September 1
Five Jaguars who did not dress out:
Other Jaguar notes:
On Tuesday, Jacksonville cut four rookies – tight end Jared Lorenzen, defensive tackle Jervonte Jackson, wide receivers Clarence Denmark and Maurice Dupree.
The roster must be cut to 53 players on Saturday, September 5.
After 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday, all NFL clubs may place eight players on a practice squad.
The NFL Network will air this game Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.
For last night’s game, 39,942 tickets were distributed. They can match that total at Wrigley Field on a nightly basis.
Rookies Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton started at left and right tackle, respectively.
Tony Pashos, who typically plays right tackle, started at right guard.
Maurice Jones-Drew touched the ball six times for 17 yards. He left the game with a leg contusion. Injuries are a no-no for this club during the regular season.
Veteran Torry Holt had one catch for 31 yards.
Rookie Mike Thomas recorded four touches for 31 yards. With game experience, he can be a deadly weapon.
Running back Rashad Jennings had 10 carries for 23 rushing yards. Also, he had three catches for 45 yards. Jacksonville needs to keep Jennings.
Josh Scobee was 3/3 (23, 52, 42) on field goals. Scobee has been the best Jaguar so far. At least the placekicking position is locked up tight.