Given a sliver of space, Jaguars tailback Leonard Fournette will burst through it. Given nothing but a pile of bodies to run at, Fournette will at least post a small gain.
Fournette’s ability to salvage something out of very little was one of the takeaways from his nine-carry, 31-yard performance in Thursday’s 31-24 win over the New England Patriots’ back-ups.
A carry-by-carry look at Fournette’s performance (12 snaps):
*First-and-10 (four yards): Three yards after contact when RG A.J. Cann and LG Patrick Omameh could not sustain their blocks.
*Second-and-6 (five yards): Two yards after contact when Cann and Omameh again didn’t hold their blocks.
*Third-and-1 (no gain): Got a bad spot on what should have been a conversion. FB Tommy Bohanon appeared to have missed getting up-field to LB Elandon Roberts.
*Fourth-and-1 (eight yards): Solid blocks by Omameh and C Brandon Linder produced six yards of clean running before contact.
*Second-and-3 (four yards): Posted three yards after contact when DE Kony Ealy beat TE Marcedes Lewis.
*First-and-10 (two yards): Ran into traffic and used a spin move to get a short gain to the right side.
*First-and-goal (four yards): From the eight-yard line, started up the middle, darted left and then used another spin move to get further outside.
*Second-and-goal (three yards): Through the right side to set up his touchdown run.
*Third-and-goal (one-yard touchdown): Bohanon rubbed out S Jordan Richards and RT Josh Wells sealed off DL Josh Augusta, allowing Fournette to power into the end zone.
Here is the rest of the recap:
Playing time leaders: Wells 42, LT Cam Robinson 39, C Luke Bowanko 37, Cann/Omameh 29, G Chris Reed 28 and QB Brandon Allen 26.
*On Chris Ivory’s 15-yard run to the left to open the game, Robinson and Omameh sealed off their defenders to create an alley. On the next play, Ivory was held to no gain when he tried to run right, but Wells was pushed back, Lewis didn’t hold his block and Cann couldn’t get out to Roberts.
*WR Rashad Greene’s drop came on third-and-5 and he would have caught it right at the first-down marker. QB Blake Bortles threw in 2.76 seconds and hit Greene in stride on a shallow cross.
*Bortles was 3-of-5 passing for 16 yards. One of his completions was a poor throw. TE Alex Ellis was open, but Bortles didn’t lead him with his throw; he threw it behind Ellis, who gained only two yards after the catch (seven-yard gain). Speaking of Ellis, we thought he was the fourth tight end entering camp, but he was a part of the two-tight end package in the first half instead of Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling.
*On first-and-goal from the 9, RB T.J. Yeldon tried to run a sweep right, but lost four yards when Wells was pushed back. Two plays later, Bortles stepped up in the pocket and threw in 4.15 seconds but his attempt to Allen Robinson in the back of the end zone appeared to be a semi-throwaway. Bortles was hit after the throw.
*QB Chad Henne’s 97-yard touchdown pass to WR Keelan Cole. CB Cyrus Jones gave him a free release, Cole caught the pass semi in-stride at the 36-yard and scored untouched.
*RB Corey Grant’s 79-yard touchdown run in the third quarter: S Jason Thompson missed a tackle at the Jaguars’ 25-yard line and Richards took a horrible angle at the 40-yard line.
*WR Dede Westbrook’s 42-yard touchdown catch. Jones was again in off coverage against Westbrook (lined up wide left) and Allen had time against a three-man rush.
Playing time leaders: LB Hayes Pullard 47, S Tracy Howard 41, DT Sheldon Day 41, CB Jalen Myrick 38, LB Blair Brown 37, CB Brian Dixon/Tyler Patmon 36 and DE Dawaune Smoot/CB Josh Johnson 34.
*DE Yannick Ngakoue ended the Patriots’ first series with a sack of QB Jimmy Garoppolo (3.34 seconds). LT LaAdrian Waddle whiffed on a cut block of Ngakoue, forcing Garoppolo to look elsewhere. Ngakoue later had a knockdown in 2.39 seconds when he was not blocked. DE Lerentee McCray had a second-half sack of QB Jacoby Brissett in 2.40 seconds when he showed good balance getting past RT Conor McDermott.
*We had the Jaguars booked for 13 missed tackles: LB Josh McNary (three), NT Abry Jones (two) and one apiece for Pullard, Myrick, FS Tashaun Gipson, LB Myles Jack, SS Jarrod Wilson, S Jarrod Harper, DT Stefan Charles and LB Audie Cole (missed sack).
*The Jaguars rushed four except for three three-man rushes (end of game), four five-man rushes and one six-man pressure. The first blitz was on third-and-7 – Wilson, Jack and Pullard blitzed. Smoot dropped into coverage … only to be matched against WR Austin Carr, who got open for a 10-yard catch.
*On Garoppolo’s first touchdown pass (seven yards to Carr), the Jaguars rushed three, Waddle got away with holding DE Dante Fowler and Garoppolo threw in 4.66 seconds.
*Big defensive penalties: Brown for unnecessary roughness (helmet-to-helmet hit on TE Jacob Hollister, a reckless play), Howard for delivering a forearm shot to Hollister’s head and CB Ezra Robinson’s 34-yard pass interference flag.
*Arrelious Benn (punt coverage) and McCray (kick coverage) had good tackles.
*On Greene’s 41-yard punt return, Benn, Cole and Howard all had key blocks.
*Both of K Jason Myers’ missed field goals (50 and 53 yards) both had the distance, but were both wide left.