Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Odrick Leads Gritty Defensive Effort

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Odrick Leads Gritty Defensive Effort

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

No Sen'Derrick Marks.

No Johnathan Cyprien.

No Dwayne Gratz or Andre Branch.

No matter.

The Jaguars defense held Miami scoreless for the final 25 minutes Sunday, leading to a 23-20 victory over the Dolphins at EverBank Field.

The defense also lost starting cornerback Davon House early. And don't forget first-round pick defensive end Dante Fowler is out for the season.

This was a game the old Jaguars defense would've had difficulty remaining functional.

However, the depleted defense was the difference Sunday.

The Dolphins scored a touchdown with 10:28 to play in the third quarter to tie the game at 20.

The Jaguars gave up nothing after that, allowing the offense to finally break through with a Jason Myers 28-yard field goal with 40 seconds left.

The secondary was so thin, Nick Marshall and Peyton Thompson were playing cornerback in the fourth quarter. Marshall, an undrafted rookie, was playing quarterback last season at Auburn, while Thompson was called off the practice squad on Saturday.

"We had a lot of jockeying around with positions," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "Even Nick Marshall was in there. Peyton Thompson was playing and we lost some guys. That's really a credit to the players and the coaches to have them ready to go."

This was a tough assignment for the Jaguars defense. Miami can score on any team.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 4,045 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. Running back Lamar Miller ran for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.

Miller was a non-factor against the Jaguars, running 10 times for 14 yards. Tannehill threw for 359 yards on Sunday with two touchdowns, but couldn't find the end zone when it mattered.

"They wanted to get the ball to their receivers," Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick said. "I don't think they even wanted to try and run it that much. We made them one dimensional and when we do that it makes it a little easier. …

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