Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags May Pick Up Tempo; Players like No-Huddle, Which Team Utilized at Times Last Week

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags May Pick Up Tempo; Players like No-Huddle, Which Team Utilized at Times Last Week

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Byline: John Reid

During Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, the Jaguars' most productive offensive execution came after Blake Bortles gathered his teammates near the line of scrimmage instead of bringing them into a huddle.

He made the play call and caught the Arizona defense by surprise a few times by quickening the pace from a no-huddle shotgun formation.

Until playing the Cardinals, the Jaguars hadn't used the no-huddle offense much this season.

But it helped spring Bortles for a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that tied the score in a game the Jaguars would lose on a last-second field goal.

On their lone scoring drive in the first half, the Jaguars used the no-huddle on three of their eight plays that set up Josh Lambo's 43-yard field goal. On the drive, Bortles completed passes of 13, 11 and seven yards while taking advantage of the no huddle.

"I'm a big fan of it," Bortles said. "I think it's something we haven't done a whole lot of this year, but I think the times we have hopped into no-huddle we've been effective in it and moved the ball and put up points. I think it allows you to take the defense out of doing some of that crazy stuff. I think that was the big key in Arizona, was they were bringing all types of pressures and when you get up on the ball and you're going, it's tough to get those defensive calls in and set up."

Before the Jaguars used the no-huddle for the first time late in the second quarter, their offense was mostly inept. They gained six yards rushing in the first quarter and had only 70 total yards at halftime.

In all, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett gave the go signal eight times for Bortles to use the no-huddle shotgun formation.

However, after the final drive in the second quarter, it wasn't used again until the fourth quarter when the Jaguars trailed 16-10.

"I think its a benefit anytime you can catch a defense off guard because it causes mismatches on the field," said running back Corey Grant. …

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