Jags Drop Dress Rehearsal

Jaguars_Chad_Henne_2012This past Saturday I stepped out of my comfort zone and covered an NFL game. I for the past year I’ve been covering the Orlando Magic and I enjoy covering NBA but it was nice to cover a football game.

The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in the third week of the NFL preseason this past Saturday at EverBank Field.

Most consider this week (second to last week of the preseason) as the final dress rehearsal before the start of the regular season. This is when starters go deep into the third quarter and coaches get a better sense of who they will keep when making cuts in the next week.

The Jaguars look good early on but the Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter and won 31-24.

The Jaguars defense was very aggressive and gave Michael Vick trouble throughout his outing. He was picked off once and sacked twice.

Vick finished his night by completing 15-of-23 for 184 yards and one touchdown. When plays didn’t go as planned, Vick did the next best thing and ran. He finished the night with 53 rushing yards.

“I ran the ball pretty well. I don’t want to run that much, but I would if I have to. I did it and protected myself all night. If I can do it like that, then I can help this football team,” Vick said.

Earlier this week, the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly announced Vick would be Philadelphia’s starting quarterback. Nick Foles who lost the battle for starting quarterback stepped in with three-seconds left in the third quarter and with a 24-16 deficit.

Foles took control of the game and positioned the Eagles to score two fourth-quarter touchdowns. He lead the Eagles on a 99-yard drive, which lead to a touchdown and a 31-24 victory.

“That’s what I expect out of Nick,” Kelly said. “I think he’s an outstanding quarterback. I said that when we made the decision with Mike, and I feel like we have two quarterbacks who are NFL-quality quarterbacks.”

As for the Jaguars, they looked good early on, but when the reserves stepped in the Eagles took control.

Even though Chad Henne did not get the starting job he still started on Saturday. Blaine Gabbert had to sit out Saturday’s game because of a thumb injury.

Henne went 11-of-18 for 106 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.

One of the standout plays came from reserve running back Jordan Todman when he found a whole and rushed for a 63-yard touchdown, which gave the Jaguars a 17-10 lead.

Todman who sits behind Maurice Jones-Drew on the bench started his NFL career with the Jaguars last year and hopes to step up his game this season.

“I’m getting older and I’m maturing. You learn things day in and day out. I feel like over all I’ve definitely improved and gotten better in everything to make myself better.” Todman said after the game.

Todman’s 105 rushing yard performance Saturday night will help him make a strong case of why he should stay on the Jaguars roster this year.

All NFL teams will have to cut their rosters from a 90 player roster down to 75 before 4:00 p.m ET on Aug. 27, 2013. Teams will have to trim their rosters once again down to 53 players on Aug. 31, 2013 by 6:00 p.m. ET.

The Jaguars will travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons for the last week of the preseason. The Jaguars will kick off the 2013 season by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET.