Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars in Review; Jags' Pressure Proved Costly

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars in Review; Jags' Pressure Proved Costly

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton dropped back to pass 37 times Sunday against the Jaguars, who aware of his athleticism, didn't dare send more than five rushers except for one snap.

That play was costly.

Leading 17-9 with 8:37 remaining, Carolina faced third-and-8 from its 19-yard line. Stop the Panthers and the Jaguars would get another chance to tie the game.

At the snap, the Jaguars rushed six, including linebacker Paul Posluszny and free safety Sergio Brown, which left the middle of the field wide open.

"We're going to be a team that's going to be creative in how we try and attack the quarterback and create some pressure," coach Gus Bradley said Monday.

One huge problem: Nobody got to Newton, who left the pocket in 3.25 seconds for a 10-yard scramble. It was part of 15-play drive that consumed 8:07 of the clock in a 20-9 Panthers win.

Translation: The Jaguars' defense may have done some good things - first-quarter red zone stop, an interception and only three yards allowed per carry - but they couldn't get off the field when it mattered. Carolina's three scoring drives lasted 14, 12 and 15 plays.

Here is the rest of our recap:


- The skill position snap-count leaders were WR Allen Hurns (64), WR Allen Robinson (60), TE Marcedes Lewis (49), WR Rashad Greene (43) and RB T.J. Yeldon (42).

*The Panthers rushed five or more on 26.1 percent of QB Blake Bortles' drop-backs (12 of 46). Bortles was 5-of-10 passing for 31 yards against pressure.

- Carolina's five sacks: LB Luke Kuechly unblocked on a delayed blitz (2.50 seconds), DE Charles Johnson overpowered LT Sam Young (2.69 seconds), DE Mario Addison broke free from RT Jermey Parnell (3.19 seconds), LB Thomas Davis on a delayed blitz (3.31 seconds) and Johnson manhandled Young (2.44 seconds).

- One issue with the Jaguars' protection plan. Why leave Young on an island? On the first sack he allowed, the Jaguars had two interior double-teams - why not keep a guard close to him to help out?

- Aside from injuries, the first-team offense didn't face any adversity in the preseason. They did Sunday and didn't handle it well. Following Bortles' interception returned for a touchdown, the Jaguars went five-and-punt (Hurns couldn't make a 20-yard catch on third-and-6) and three-and-punt. The second drive summed up the day. Johnson beat Young for the sack, Johnson beat Lewis to limit Yeldon to a one-yard gain and Addison had the clean-up sack.

- Bortles' passing map (22 of 40): Behind line of scrimmage - 7-of-8. ... 1-5 yards downfield - 9-of-14. ... 6-10 yards - 2-of-6. ... 11-15 yards - 1-of-2. ... 16-or-more yards - 2-of-10. Bortles' deep passes were completions of 27 yards to Robinson and 24 to Hurns, but also drops by Robinson, Greene and Hurns. …

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