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Week 1 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 29, Houston Texans 7
What you need to know
The Jaguars offense was short on big plays but they did what they wanted to do, which was move the chains and control the clock. They'll need to do a better job at turning field goals into touchdowns, but the Leonard Fournette
lead offense exceeded expectations. Sadly, Allen Robinson
was lost for injury on the 3rd play of the game and never returned.
, Ryan Griffin
and Bruce Ellington
all sustained concussions putting their games in jeopardy for the short week.
had plenty of snaps but was only offered one target the entire game.
returns from his one game suspension the next game.
|QB Blake Bortles, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 11 - 21 - 125 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 13 - 0|
If this was any indication on how the Jaguars want to scheme their offense around Bortles' limitations, Bortles will hardly be relevant from a numbers standpoint. He was tasked with few deep passes other than two corner routes to Allen Robinson
(on the play he was injured on) and Allen Hurns
early on, but from then on he was tasked with managing the game. He was up and down as a passer, sailing a few passes, but he didn't make any mistakes to hurt the team and his mobility helped. He did fail to convert several key third downs in the red zone but none came back to bite the team. With his big play threat in Robinson sidelined, it is hard to see the team ask Blake to have many performances unlike the one he had against Houston. His lone touchdown pass came on a play action to the Fullback from he one yard line.
|RB Leonard Fournette, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 26 - 100 - 1, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0 (3 targets)|
The star of the show. Fournette was everything that he has been billed as and the Jaguars fed him like a workhorse back. He had touched the ball over 20 times by the end of the first half alone. They trusted him as a receiving back, giving him chances on a screen and as a dump off option. As a runner, he was down right punishing. The blocking was inconsistent in front of him but when given the room he dominated the Texans linebackers and defensive backs. He wore them down with his power on contact and showed better feet and quickness than anticipated. His best play was a run to the outside where he was able to beat one defenders angle and then use a deadly stiff arm to advance the ball to the goal line. He was given several goal line carries and should be the teams sole back in that regard.
|RB Chris Ivory, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 42 - 0, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (2 targets)|
Ivory was used to spell Fournette and had one of his better performances as a Jaguar. He ran hard, broke tackles, and created his own opportunities as a runner. He is less of an explosive threat than Fournette is but he is still the veteran among the Jaguars running backs and the team seems to value that. His best run came on a counter ran behind the right guard and right tackle. He exploded through the hole and then used leverage to make the inside linebacker miss, and then broke a tackle attempt from a defensive back. He did not get any goal line snaps but he got several 3rd down snaps.
|WR Allen Hurns, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 42 - 0 (4 targets)|
Hurns had one bad drop but other than that he was the Jaguars best wideout. He was consistently open and helped move the chains on several key third downs. His best play was a dig route where he beat tight coverage and converted a 3rd-and-eight by catching a pass in a contested situation. Him and Bortles have a strong rapport so expect for his workload to increase with Robinson sidelined.
Robinson was targeted on the first pass of the game for the Jaguars but was injured on the same play and never returned.
Lee did nothing of note but he was the WR that received the few down the field opportunities that the Jaguars utilized after Robinson was injured. He had one poor drop that should've lead to a first down, but other than that it wasn't a day of note for Lee, or the passing offense.
|QB Deshaun Watson, 48 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 23 - 102 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 16 - 0|
Watson was inserted int he second half to help the jump start the Texans offense. It started with Watson equalizing the Jaguars pass rush with his running ability rushing for 16 yards. His first drive saw him her Hopkins multiple times on the right side of the of the field. Then on a nice play action pass in the red zone he hit Hopkins for a four yard touchdown run. Then it went South for Watson who struggled with accuracy and only completed one pass in ten attempts over 10 yards. Watson looked good throwing to the right but struggled mightily throwing to the left.
|QB Tom Savage, 31 offensive snaps, Pass: 7 - 13 - 62 - 0 TD / 0 INT|
did not get much help today playing quarterback but part was his fault too. Holding onto the ball too long caused some unnecessary hits and sacks but he was 7 of 13 for 62 yards with two fumbles lost due to being hit from the blindside. Savage had some nice throws to C.J. Fiedororicz to the middle of the field for 15 yards to his big tight end. Also, Savage had a nice 3rd down throw to Stephen Anderson
for 11 yards to extend an early drive. What made matters worse for Savage was no help from his receivers who had four drops behind him. Ryan Griffin
dropped a pass after being hit, Bruce Ellington
dropped an easy pass outside of the number but DeAndre Hopkins
gave zero help. Hopkins dropped a crossing route that would have been a catch and run but the worst of them all came on a deep ball from Savage on the first drive that hit him right in the hands only to fall incomplete. No doubt Savage needs to speed up but he received little help from his supporting cast.
|RB Lamar Miller, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 65 - 0, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (2 targets)|
was one of the few offensive players who had a strong day. 65 yards on the ground and 31 through the air. Miller did have a 26 yard receptions that he should have put into the end zone but was tackled with ease by the safety. Miller actually had more success with Watson in the game running the football and doubled is yards per carry with Watson. It was a solid day and he might be a better fit with Watson in the running game.
|RB Tyler Ervin, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0, Rec: 4 - 18 - 0 (5 targets)|
It was an interesting today for Ervin and he had 71 all-purpose yards on the day. They moved him around to wide receiver, running back and returner. He did most of his work in the slot catching 4 passes for 18 yards. Ervin is still learning the position but it is clear that the Texans are trying to work him into the offense to make him a play maker. Also, Ervin had 8 yards on three carries but there was not much to the running game for the Texans on the day.
16 total targets on the day and coming down with seven sound like a solid day but it could have been way better. Hopkins did have a four yard touchdown catch off the arm of Deshaun Watson
but his lack of hauling in the ball resulted in four drops on the day. One was one well thrown ball from Savage on a deep ball down the left sideline and the torahs were just simple routes that had no real traffic that he just did not complete. Hopkins struggled last year with consistently catching the football last year and it carried over to this game. He left so many yards on the field but they forced fed Hopkins the football and it was not the best results.