Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars' Secondary Preparing for Tom Brady despite Allowing 462 Yards Passing Last Week

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars' Secondary Preparing for Tom Brady despite Allowing 462 Yards Passing Last Week

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Byline: John Reid John.reid@jacksonville.com

Cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey have a tendency to frustrate receivers.

They both don't allow much separation and can break on the ball quickly to come up with deflections and interceptions.

Yet, regardless how tight their coverage was in last week's AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jaguars still surrendered 462 yards passing despite ending the regular season as the topuranked pass defense in the NFL (169.9 ypg).

Though the secondary appeared vulnerable last week for one of the few times this season, Bouye remains unfazed. Same with safety Barry Church.

The Jaguars outlasted the Steelers, 45u42, and they say whatever mistakes they made won't be repeated on Sunday against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium.

"We felt as a defense against Pittsburgh, a lot of their yards they got in the second half came when we were in prevent defense," Church said. "We kind of let them get those little dink passes to keep the drive going. Two of their touchdowns came on fourthudown plays. They were bombs in the end zone."

In all, Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes against the Jaguars, which included a 43uyard strike to Antonio Brown despite Bouye providing tight coverage.

"We were really in position," Bouye said. "Last week, we went up pretty fast, pretty big and we got a little more conservative. I'm not going to speak for the defense, I know I was in a perfect position on a play, I just really had to finish to the ground. Those were amazing catches by (Antonio Brown). You know, just really finish. That has been the key word since postseason, just finish. We talk about it all the time. Just finish. That's the next step to get where we want to get."

That's what the Jaguars' hope they can accomplish against Brady and his top receiving weapons, including tight end Rob Gronkowski. …

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