DETROIT, Mich. – The Jaguars’ dress rehearsal stayed pretty much true to plan.
That all happened, and what also happened was the Lions’ reserves rallied in the fourth quarter for a 13-12 victory over the Jaguars Friday night.
“That’s what we talked about last night – just getting guys to play their best,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said at halftime of a game played in front of an announced 56,496 at Ford Field. “That’s the challenge for them.”
Bortles’ 13-yard pass to rookie wide receiver
The first three quarters or so of the third preseason game is considered by many NFL observers the closest thing to a real game before the regular-season begins.
Bortles, playing impressively for a third consecutive preseason game while working with the first-team offense for the first time, had engineered a 79-yard drive on his first drive. That drive began on the Jaguars 5 and ended with a 34-yard field by reserve kicker
Bush’s first-quarter touchdown was the only touchdown in the first two-and-a-half quarters – the portion of the game that featured mostly starters against starters.
“It was really good lesson for us and something we can get corrected,” Bradley said of the run.
The Jaguars had a chance to take the lead early in the second half, but a 45-yard field goal attempt by Redfern was blocked by defensive tackle Xavier Proctor.
Much of the focus for the Jaguars Friday was on the quarterback position, with Bradley having said throughout the week Henne would start and that Bortles likely would play about a quarter. That’s pretty much how it played out, with Bortles entering the game just before halftime.
Henne, a seven-year veteran who has started the first three preseason games and who is expected to start the regular-season opener at Philadelphia September 7, played the first four series, completing nine of 14 passes for 70 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Jaguars trailed 7-3 when Henne – who is now 25-of-38 for 230 yards passing with one touchdown and no interceptions in the preseason – left the game.
Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft who played impressively in his first two preseason games, entered the game with 1:49 remaining in the second quarter. He played until late in the third quarter, completing 10 of 16 passes for 158 yards and the 13-yard touchdown to Hurns.
Bradley called the drive at the end of the first half “a great two-minute situation.”
On that drive, Bortles gave the Jaguars a first down with a 28-yard strike down the left sideline to Hurns, and also completed a 30-yard pass to tight end
“We wanted to come out of it with points on the board and he did a nice job,” Bradley said, adding that there were “some great plays” on the drive. “We did a good job with protection. We executed.”
Bortles has now completed 28 of 44 for 435 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in three preseason games.
Lions reserve running back George Winn’s 1-yard run with 7:12 remaining capped a six-play, 63-yard drive and gave the Lions their winning points.
In terms of momentum for the Jaguars, this came when Bortles entered the game late in the first half. Bortles quickly led a 79-yard drive to set up Redfern’s field goal on the final play of the first half and he also threw the third-quarter touchdown pass to Hurns. The Jaguars led 12-7 when Bortles left the game.
1.Hurns, who signed as a rookie free agent just after the 2014 NFL Drft, continues to have a solid preseason, catching seven passes for 113 yards Friday, including five receptions for 76 yards in the first half. He now has 13 receptions for 230 yards in three preseason games. …
2.Jaguars running back
LOOKING ON . . .
1.The Jaguars’ search continued at center and right guard Friday.
Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks left the game with a right shoulder injury in the second quarter, and did not return. That injury occurred shortly before middle linebacker
The extent of the injuries was not immediately known, but the injury to Posluzny was not to the same biceps that kept him from traveling to Chicago last week for Preseason Week 2.
Jaguars wide receiver