Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; First TD of Season for Thomas

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; First TD of Season for Thomas

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran & Hays Carlyon

In his second game for the Jaguars, tight end Julius Thomas scored his first touchdown, a 29-yard catch with five seconds left in the third quarter to give his team a 14-10 lead. The Texans rallied for a 31-20 win.

Thomas missed the first four games following an Aug. 14 hand injury that included surgery Sept. 1. He played 30 snaps and caught two passes for 20 yards against Tampa Bay.

Targeted by Blake Bortles a team-high and career-high 13 times, Thomas caught seven passes for 78 yards against Houston.

The touchdown was on a third-and-9 play. Thomas lined up in a bunch right formation. Bortles threw in 2.60 seconds.

"Great play call [by offensive coordinator Greg Olson]," Thomas said. "Every once in a while, it works out exactly how you expect it to. I just ran a clear-out route and saw one of the safeties dip down and was able to find the opening behind him."


The Jaguars sustained four new injuries during the game: Receiver Tony Washington (groin), running back Corey Grant (groin), receiver Allen Robinson (leg contusion) and defensive end Chris Clemons (back tightness). Only Clemons returned to the game.

In the first quarter, Washington was hurt while downing a punt by Bryan Anger at the 1-yard line and Grant left for good after he had one rushing attempt.

Robinson collided with Texans safety Lonnie Ballentine midway through the fourth quarter. Ballentine sustained a leg injury and was carted off the field after being outfitted with an inflatable cast. Robinson walked gingerly off the field.

Robinson needed a crutch to get through the locker room after the game.

"It's nothing too bad," he said. "I'll be all right. It was my shin. I tried to get up and there was a little pain, worse than I anticipated. But it wasn't too excruciating."


Josh Evans returned to the starting free safety spot he held for most of 2014-15, replacing Sergio Brown against Houston.

Evans played a combined 98 snaps against Miami, New England and Indianapolis because of injuries to Brown and Johnathan Cyprien. …

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