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Jags still set a “Groovy Tone” in their 24-13 lost in preseason home opener to the Cleveland Browns



Preseason in the NFL is a time to try and establish a culture, set a tone for the coming season, and evaluate players to see what they can contribute to a team. The Jacksonville Jaguars are under new head coach Doug Pederson are attempting to do all of that. What they aren’t doing is winning. The only positive is that these games don’t count against the win/loss record.

The Jaguars lost 24-13 to the visiting Cleveland Browns in a sloppy contest featuring multiple turnovers from both teams.

They did not show much from their playbook in their preseason home opener. What they did show, however, is that when their first team offense is on the field, there is potential for something good. Trevor Lawrence was sharp early, leading them on three consecutive scoring drives (two field goals and one touchdown) before calling it a night after the first quarter.

Pederson looked to have the team establish physicality, running the football eleven times in the first quarter alone and 24 overall.

“I did want to see the offensive line in the run game,” Pederson said. “and I wanted to see Travis [Etienne] In the run game just to see how we can handle that. I think you go into each game trying to establish the run, and sometimes you can either keep it going or sometimes you have to switch gears. But it was just, uh, I think a mindset for me to see that offensive line and Travis really, you know, be physical early in the game.”

Lawrence’s first completed pass was a chunk play. He took the snap, rolled out of the pocket to his right, and delivered a 32-yard strike down the sideline to wide receiver Zay Jones.

“It felt great, you know; we had that planned,” said Lawrence. “The first play of the game, obviously, taking a shot, you want to execute it; get some momentum. It’s always great when you start that way, get some momentum get on the ball, and get ‘em on their heels right away.”

The Jaguars drove down the field before the drive stalled at the eight-yard line. Kicker Elliot Fry scored the game’s first points with a 23-yard field goal.

 

The rest of the game didn’t provide any surprises. Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson started the game amid questions of whether he would even play as the NFL debates what changes will be made to his six-game suspension. He was booed loudly by the crowd of 54,798 whenever he touched the ball and played only three ineffective series, going 1-5 for seven yards before exiting the game.

Third-string Browns quarterback Josh Dobbs saw the bulk of the work for the visitors and played well, going 10/13 for 108 yards and one touchdown.

Once the starters left the game, Jacksonville couldn’t get much going

The Jaguars lost the turnover battle giving up three (two interceptions and one fumble) while only forcing two.

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