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RECAP: Thorson Steps in to Lead Eagles Past Jaguars

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE – Eagles’ QB Cody Kessler was knocked out of the game against Jacksonville on the opening series with a concussion.

Clayton Thorson played the rest of the preseason game, completing 16 of 26 pass attempts for 175 yards with one touchdown and one interception as Philadelphia beat the Jaguars, 24-10.

“From the offensive line, we didn’t really ever establish the running game. I thought that early on I think when any action that was going into the line I thought the backers were filling really quick, really fast,” said Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone after the game. ” I know they had a couple of their starters in. Sometimes the protection was good. I think the thing I was most disappointed, I’d want more push inside. I’d want to be able to get up to that second level to create some more seams. It’s a tough defense schematically because they have guys that play wide and outside.”

On the opening drive of Thursday’s game, Jaguars defensive end Datone Jones came in unblocked and hit Kessler, who went to the medical tent and eventually to the locker room to be evaluated for a head injury. Kessler is in the concussion protocol.

“I felt like I showed them that I can be consistent. I can be a consistent playmaker and consistent guy in this defense in this role. Number one, I’m a winner, I’m a competitor,” Jones said. “No matter what, the goal is to win my one-on-one matchup and I felt like I did that and I felt like I’ve shown that this preseason.”

Eagles’ wide receiver Greg Ward came up with the first touchdown of the night on a fourth-and-4 from the Jacksonville 38-yard line with 14:05 remaining in the first half. Ward caught the ball over safety C.J. Reavis at the 17-yard line and ran the ball in for the score.

The second Philly TD came from Josh Adams on a 1-yard run with 5:30 remaining in the third quarter to make it 14-3. It was a 12-play, 85-yard drive that featured not one, but two successful challenges by Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson.

The Jaguars got on the board with a Josh Lambo 36-yard field goal with five seconds left in the half.

Jake Elliott’s 52-yard field goal extended the Eagles’ lead to 17-3 with 14:56 left in the game.

A Thorson’s pass intended for wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins was intercepted with 10:19 left in the game. Cornerback Picasso Nelson stole the ball at the Eagles’ 7-yard line.

Jacksonville converted the turnover on fourth-and-goal as QB Alex McGough scrambled 4 yards for a TD to make it 17-10 with 9:03 remaining.

“They ran a screenplay and they ran it a lot in film last year and I saw the formation [on tape], saw how number three was standing. I knew it was coming, so I was just tricking on the play, had good leverage and I was able to make the play,” Nelson said.

The Eagles answered back with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 1-yard Boston Scott touchdown run with 4:55 remaining in the game.

Donnel Pumphrey had an 11-yard run that shook cornerback Saivion Smith on the possession.

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