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Jags Win: Richard’s Weekly Performance Review

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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:
Greg Jones
Marlon McCree
Rob Meier
Zach Miller
Montell Owens

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.

6 Responses »

  1. AWESOME REPORTING. BUT, WHAT A SHAME THE JAGS CAN'T SELL MORE TICKETS. WHO CAN AFFORD TO GO? WRIGLEY STADIUM CAN FILL THEIR SEATS BECAUSE THE PRICING IS MORE REASONABLE AND YOU CAN BRING IN YOUR OWN FOOD. JUST MORE OF A FAMILY EXPERIENCE. A JAG EXPERIENCE FEELS LIKE A SHOTGUN TO YOUR BACK AND SOMEONE REACHING INTO YOUR BACK POCKET FOR ALL YOUR MONEY. HEARD THAT THEY ARE GOING UP ON PARKING PRICES TOO. WOW. BUT, SO GLAD THAT THE JAGS GOT THE PRE SEASON WIN.

  2. I've been to Wrigley field recently. What an experience. They do not even own a tiny Jumbotron. It is just good olde fashioned baseball. There are over 100,000 fans on a waiting list for season tickets. I presume this is longer than the Jaguars.

    Let's get back to olde fashioned football. Go Jaguars! Let me bring my own food, water and drink into the stadium. Wrigley does this and still outsells the Jaguar concession.

  3. Finallhy a win! Let's hope that this is Garrard's year to shine!

    I agree with Jose and Paul. The Jags need to be more friendly to their fans.

    I have been to Wrigley Field also, but a number of years ago. Let's not get into exactly when that was! The point is that they have a loyal base of fans, which has been built up over the years through well-deserved loyalty. The Jags should think about that, and not try to get every penny out of everybody's pocket today!

  4. Maybe the Jaguars could let someone enter with a bottle of water. It would be a start and work their way up to a subway sandwich or two. Watching the amount of food that entered Wrigley you would have thought that no one would order one single thing. But it was just the opposite.

    Their beer men (I saw no women) sold more beer than Jacksonville. I am sure of it. Other men selling popcorn, candy and sodas did just as well. And, Wrigley's prices were the same.

    Finally, Wrigley is anti-advertising. It is difficult to see ads anywhere in the stadium.

    Please Mr. Weaver, go visit Wrigley then climb aboard the Fan train and open your doors to outside food and sodas. It helps outside vendors and you will notice how much the city will love you.

  5. Is there any reason why the ticket prices could not be reduced after the first quarter, then reduced again after the second quarter and finally slashed after the third and fourth quarters? Here's the situation. If the fans cannot afford to attend the games and now cannot watch the game on television, then support will be lost. How will we even develop any familiarity with the players and their successes? We won't. Certainly, we will not listen on the radio. That's just too boring. So, the bottom line is that we will have to depend on Richard's Weekly Performance Review. And, while this is a fabulous summation, it will not enable the fans to develop any true and realistic love of the players. For me, I am probably going to follow either the Minnesota Vikings or the Philiadelphia Eagles or whatever team happens to be on television when I crack open the potato chips on Sunday afternoon. Wayne Weaver may even consider planning an outside tailgating party just outside of the stadium for the fans who cannot afford tickets. Pipe in the game and let's be creative on how to attack this problem of "NO TICKET SALES."

  6. I agree. Get creative. Neither the NFL nor Wayne Weaver knows how hard the economy has hit Jacksonville. It's had a direct effect upon ticket sales.