Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Defense Faced Most Pass Attempts in Team History

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Defense Faced Most Pass Attempts in Team History

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Twenty of the 23 Jaguars defensive players active Thursday night against Houston played at least one snap and all of that depth was needed in the 27-20 victory.

The Texans ran 80 official plays, tied for the sixth-most for an opponent in Jaguars history.

Houston attempted 58 passes, the most ever by a Jaguars opponent.

The Jaguars made three big plays down the stretch: They forced a Matt Schaub incompletion on fourth down from the Jaguars' 13 with 3:37 remaining; linebacker Geno Hayes intercepted Schaub with 2:08 left; and defensive end Ryan Davis sacked Schaub on the game's final play.

"We were tested at the end and our guys played with energy throughout," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Friday morning at EverBank Field. "I'm sure they were tired because of it."

Including plays negated by penalty, the Jaguars' were credited with 83 snaps.

Linebacker Paul Posluszny and safeties Johnathan Cyprien and Winston Guy didn't miss a play.

Eighteen Jaguars played at least 11 snaps on defense.

The team record for opponent's plays is 83 (by Houston last year and Philadelphia in 2002). The previous record for pass attempts was 55 (by Houston last year).

MRI FOR MJD

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (strained right hamstring) was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday. Jones-Drew was injured on a 15-yard reception with 11 minutes remaining.

"The guy tried to take my legs out and I just tried to jump-cut him," Jones-Drew said. "And then when I tried to explode, it just grabbed a little bit. I'll be fine."

Jones-Drew played 47 snaps and had his first 100-yard rushing game of the year (14 carries, 103 yards). The extra time off should benefit Jones-Drew.

Also on the injury list were safety Chris Prosinski (concussion), cornerback Alan Ball (neck) and receivers Ace Sanders (ankle) and Cecil Shorts (groin). …

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