JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars looked good early. Again.
This time, it lasted past halftime.
The Eagles rallied from an eight-point third-quarter deficit to win, 31-24, but for two and a half quarters, the Jaguars turned in a solid effort in the dress rehearsal that is Week 3 of the NFL preseason.
Henne, starting at quarterback in place of injured
Reisner’s touchdown gave the Jaguars a 24-16 lead.
Henne finished 11 of 18 for 106 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while Jaguars running back
“It feels good that we can get in a rhythm quickly and get a lot of guys the ball and that we’re just very efficient on that first drive,” Jones-Drew said. “On the second drive we didn’t do as well, but that’s something that we can work on and just come back and keep going.
“Once we get going we have a lot of playmakers that can score from a long way and we just want to continue to work on that and once we get everybody healthy we will be alright.”
Rookie right tackle
The Eagles outgained the Jaguars 228-184 in the first half and had 13 first downs to seven for the Jaguars, but Jacksonville forced two turnovers and committed just one.
Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said he was pleased with how the defense handled the up-tempo offense of the Eagles under first-year Head Coach Chip Kelly. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played into the third quarter, completing 15 of 23 passes for 184 yards with an interception.
“For the most part, the tempo is such a tremendous strain on the defense,” Bradley said at halftime. “I thought we’ve handled it really well, we had a good game plan to handle the tempo and it slowed down somewhat as the game has gone on.”
The Jaguars lead 24-16 midway through the third quarter before the first-team offense left the game. The Jaguars’ reserves, who had struggled in the first two preseason games, allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 99-yard drive that secured the victory for Philadelphia.
1. Jaguars linebacker
2. Prosinski forced Eagles punt returner Damaris Johnson to fumble after an eight-yard return early in the second quarter. Linebacker
3. Rookie safety
LOOKING ON . . .
*The Jaguars’ starting offense could look slightly different in the regular-season opener than it did in Saturday’s Preseason Week 3 dress rehearsal. Saturday’s starting lineup was wide receivers Shorts, Blackmon, Jones-Drew, Reisner, Henne, fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou and
*The Jaguars’ starting defense Saturday: ends
Rackley sustained a left leg injury on the game’s first series and did not return, and reserve safety
Gabbert missed the game with a thumb injury sustained against the New York Jets last week. He is expected to miss the rest of the preseason. Defensive tackle