Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Punt Coverage Team Struggling

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Punt Coverage Team Struggling

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Byline: John Reid

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone considers his special teams such a priority that some of his starters play on both the kickoff and punt coverage teams.

But there wasn't anything special about the punt coverage team in Sunday's 37-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. During the third quarter, Titans' Adoree Jackson ran through the middle of the coverage before breaking left toward the sideline for a 46-yard return.

The Jaguars missed three tackles on the play, including a lunging attempt by starting middle linebacker Paul Posluszny. Jackson's return set up the Titans' first touchdown in the third quarter on Derrick Henry's 17-yard run that helped put Tennessee ahead 16-3.

Teams are 25.3 yards per punt return against the Jaguars, which ranked last in the NFL heading into Monday night's game between the Giants and Lions.

"We got to get down the field and cover and be in our lanes and finish,'' Posluszny said. "I know on Adoree's big return, I missed the tackle and I felt like I should have had him. He's an explosive player and he made a big play.''

Although the Jaguars beat the Houston Texans 29-7 in Week 1, their punt coverage team gave up a 21-yard return by Tyler Ervin.

The punt return unit will be tested on Sunday in London by Baltimore's Michael Campanaro, who ranks seventh in the league in returns.

NEW FEELING FOR DAY

Jaguars defensive tackle Sheldon Day played 21 snaps against Houston in Week 1, but was a surprising healthy scratch against the Titans.

Day was deactivated in favor of Michael Bennett - the first missed game of his two-year career.

"It was a numbers thing, I think," Day said. "[It is] not a feeling I want to get used to."

Asked if he was given an explanation by the coaching staff, Day said: "I don't make the decisions. I just try and contribute anyway I can. …

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