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RECAP: Jaguars Fall to Baltimore 29-0 in Preseason Opener

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BALTIMORE – Playing on the Ravens’ first three possessions, starting QB Lamar Jackson completed four of six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars in Baltimore’s 29-0 preseason win Thursday night.

The Ravens scored on two of the three drives led by Jackson, producing a 52-yard field goal by Justin Tucker and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Willie Snead IV.

“That was our second-team defense out there, three series, the penalties, that’s what…the unforced errors and the penalties out there, its lead to several points. And then we had a miscommunication and miscue on the one play down the sideline. It kind of got them in field position, but for the second-team defense” said Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone.

The Jaguars didn’t play new starting QB Nick Foles and other first-teamers, 32 front line players were going to sit the game either as a coach’s decision or because of injury.

“I thought [C.J.] Reavis did a nice job. I thought Josh Allen did a nice job. Those are the things that we’re looking for. Offensively, the penalties. I thought Alfred Blue did a nice job. Really couldn’t get anything to keep the drives going, sustaining the drives,” added Marrone.

Jacksonville’s A.J. Cann and defensive tackle Taven Bryan played Thursday, Second-year veteran Will Richardson could be pushing Cann at right guard. wide receiver Keelan Cole and  DJ Cjark Jr. were the only receivers among the projected top six in the lineup Thursday.

“They came after us early, bunch of zero pressures early in the game. That’s going to happen early in the preseason, have got to be able to make some plays. We missed some early, and we’re really looking to see how these guys are going to play. I think that these young guys have an opportunity tonight, and they have to take advantage of it,” Marrone said at the half..

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew, a sixth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft and the projected backup to Foles, played the entire first half  and completed seven of 14 passes for 46 with no interceptions.

The Jaguars host the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. EDT, marking the two teams’ first meeting in the preseason since 2013

GAME NOTES – The Ravens led 10-0 after the first quarter and 16-0 at the half…..Marrone threw a challenge flag alleging pass interference on an incomplete pass to end Jacksonville’s second drive. This is the NFL’s new rule change at work, meant to eliminate refereeing mistakes like the one that kept the New Orleans Saints out of last year’s Super Bowl..Jaguars linebacker D.J. Alexander sustained a stinger in the third quarter … running back Ryquell Armstead was evaluated for a concussion in the third quarter.

ROSTER MOVES –  The Jaguars have signed second-year WR Quadree Henderson and second-year LB Davis Tull. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars waived/injured third-year LB James Onwualu (knee) and rookie WR Marcus Simms (concussion). Onwualu and Simms will revert to the team’s reserve/injured list if they clear waivers Henderson, 5-8, 190, played in five games with the New York Giants in 2018. Tull, 6-3, 239, was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

MORE ROSTER MOVES – The club has signed rookie TE Carson Meier. Meier, 6-5, 254, played in 54 games in his college career and earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference as a senior after catching 19 passes for 327 yards and four TDs. Meier, who primarily served as a blocking tight end and fullback his first three seasons at Oklahoma, signed with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft and participated in Jacksonville’s rookie minicamp. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars waived/injured second-year RB Roc Thomas. Thomas will revert to the team’s reserve/injured list if he clears waivers.

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