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Week 6 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 7, Dallas Cowboys 40
What you need to know
The Jaguars held the ball for a pathetic 21 minutes of gametime. TJ Yeldon is the team's best offensive player at this point. The injuries at left tackle have caused Bortles to feel the rush prematurely. The Jaguars couldn't sustain offense at all. They had two one play drives in the second half - an interception thrown into double coverage by Bortles and a fumble on a short reception by Keelan Cole
The Cowboys had their way with the Jaguars defense and a notable addition to the Ezekiel Elliott
-centric attack with situational passing was the mobility of Dak Prescott
. Dallas used Prescott as a runner more than any game in his young career. Considering Dallas’ overt limitations from their outside wide receivers, Prescott on the move is a welcome addition, especially in the red zone. As the most dependable receiver, Cole Beasley
had by far his best game of the season, dominating 41% of the team’s targets. On the plus side, Michael Gallup
made two quality ball skills plays on deep targets as a reason for optimism going forward among the wide receivers outside of slot maven Cole Beasley
|QB Blake Bortles, 48 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 26 - 149 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 22 - 0|
Bortles was uncomfortable from his very first pass attempt of the game. The Jaguars ran a Snag concept on their first third down- Bortles immediately threw to the flat, where the receiver was tackled short of first down marker (rushed pass attempt - the Corner route came open). On his second third down, he had to scramble due to immediate pressure off the left side (3rd string LT Josh Walker failed to pick up an inside stunt by the DE). He took a Read Option keep for 12 yards on first play of third drive. He finally picked up a first down on a third down conversion throw on a Shallow Cross to Keenan Cole, which went for 14 yards after the catch. He was sacked on the next third down on a Flood type concept where nobody was open. He also opened up the next drive with a sack, where he broke the pocket at the top of his drop despite pressure not being close. At this point it was apparent that he didn't trust his protection even though he was not under much duress early in the game. Got back to the LOS, didn't take a huge loss on the play. On third down, he rushed himself vertically out of the pocket too quickly, but made a last second flip of a pass attempt (it looked like a forward option pitch) to an open Dede Westbrook
- who dropped the ball out of surprise. Their hurry up offense at the end of the first half (41 seconds to go from the 25 yard line and two timeouts remaining) consisted of three quick checkdowns before the first half ended. His touchdown pass in the second half capped a fairly good drive where he hit two chunk plays (one to Cole, one to Shaughnessy) off scrambles. He finished the drive off throwing a Deep Over to Dede Westbrook
. On the very first play of the next drive, he tried to hit the Deep Over to Westbrook again, but he was double covered. It resulted in an interception returned to the 8 yard line. The final quarter featured either dumpoff passes or one read vertical throws for incompletions.
|RB T.J. Yeldon, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 41 - 0, Rec: 3 - 29 - 0 (5 targets)|
Yeldon is easily the most consistent player week to week on the Jaguars offense. Unfortunately, poor gameflow situations have negated his overall impact the last two weeks. He has been efficient and productive even with limited carry opportunities or good gameflow. He is getting excellent with his patience and pressing the hole vertically before making his cut. He does not have negative runs. He was responsible for Jaguars' biggest play of the game - a checkdown that went for 20 yards right behind the center after a Play Action fake. A couple of plays later, he busted out a 15 yard run up the middle that was called back on a hold.
|RB Jamaal Charles, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 5 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)|
The Jaguars finally converted a first down near the end of the first quarter when Charles entered the game. They gave him two straight touches - an inside zone shotgun run stuffed at the line of scrimmage, and a short pass checkdown after a play action fake for 5 yards that Sean Lee sniffed out easily. He got a sporadic dose of touches and predictably did little with them.
|WR Keelan Cole, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (5 targets)|
Cole had a couple of third down conversions and some nice plays, but it was overall a quiet day for him. He caught a crossing route on 3rd and 3 where he got open vs man and got upfield for a 17 yard gain - one of the bigger pass plays on the day for the Jags. He had another big reception off a scramble drill in the Jaguars only scoring drive of the day. He ran a dig route from the outside, then broke back to the sideline once Bortles started scrambling. He showed good awareness finding the void and staying active while the QB scrambles. He fumbled the ball while turning upfield after making a short catch on a Whip Route at the end of the third quarter.
Westbrook's first target did not come until 8 minutes left in the second quarter. Bortles broke the pocket and flipped the ball to Westbrook underneath at the last second. Westbrook did not anticipate Bortles tossing the ball to him and dropped it out of surprise. He was on the receiving end of the Jaguars lone scoring play of the day - a Deep Over where he got behind Sean Lee. It was the only notable play for him. Bortles was intercepted trying to throw the Deep Over to him again, but Westbrook was double covered and Dallas easily got the turnover.
Moncrief drew a couple of deep targets very late in the game. He did not finish the game with a reception.
O'Shaughnessy had one of the bigger receptions for the Jaguars on the day - a dig that was thrown late off of a Bortles scramble. He did a good job finding the void and staying active while QB scrambles. He is not a featured player in a low volume pass game.
|TE Niles Paul, 3 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -3 - 0|
Paul ran an end around that was blown up in the backfield in the first quarter. He exited game with a knee injury.
|QB Dak Prescott, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 27 - 183 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 11 - 82 - 1|
Prescott did not need a high-level passing day to defeat the Jaguars, but made a number of plays with his legs en route to a career-best rushing performance. Prescott scored on a red zone quarterback keeper as well as eluding rushers in the pocket on numerous occasions. Prescott was fortunate on one scramble where he fumbled only to have the ball bounce right back up to him without breaking stride for a first down conversion. Prescott had a number of quality throws, but it was an up-and-down day through the air with glaring overthrows of Allen Hurns
and a potential long touchdown to Tavon Austin
. The chemistry with Cole Beasley
was pronounced as Prescott made arguably his best throw of the game with a rusher in his face, finding Beasley for the chunk gain.
|RB Ezekiel Elliott, 63 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 106 - 1, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (1 targets)|
After three or more receptions in five straight games, Elliott saw minimal involvement as a receiver against Jacksonville in the blowout home win. Elliott was a featured element as usual, but it was tough sledding on inside runs overall. Elliott relied on breaking to the outside and a chunk touchdown in the fourth quarter to fuel his 100-yard performance. Elliott’s best run came as he bullied through defenders for additional yardage, including his lone reception and three short-yardage conversions on third and fourth downs.
|WR Cole Beasley, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 101 - 2 (11 targets)|
Beasley enjoyed a career day against the Jaguars with 41% of the team’s targets, 101 yards, and two touchdowns. Beasley got open at will on inside routes and some of Dak Prescott
’s best throws were towards Beasley in the game. No other Dallas receiver saw more than two targets, compared to Beasley’s 11 looks. Beasley won easily on intermediate crossing and out routes, especially on a red zone touchdown with an open field for yards-after-the-catch. A big day was prevented from being even more pronounced as Beasley was stuffed on a screen pass.
Gallup remains stuck in neutral in terms of his pecking order standing for the Dallas passing game. However, Gallup made two quality plays downfield in contested situations to promote optimism for an impact later in the season. Gallup made a contested catch down the sideline and on another play showed big-time ball skills on a potential ‘wow’ play for a touchdown. The play was ultimately reviewed and reversed with Gallup’s second foot being on the out-of-bounds line, but the skills shown were pronounced. Gallup and Tavon Austin
have clearly been the receivers to work downfield and see targets when Dallas takes a big play shot.
|TE Geoff Swaim, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (2 targets)|
Swaim saw only two targets against the Jaguars but caught both opportunities. Swaim came wide open on a deep out route and absorbed a big hit on a quick out, holding on for a 10-yard gain. Swaim has dominated snaps as the starting tight end, but his receiving production has been middling despite looking good on his opportunities.