JACKSONVILLE – The backups and reserves had their night again.
That has been the story of the Jaguars 2019 preseason, and that was the case again Thursday night as rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew was among a slew of backups playing extensively in a 24-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Jaguars’ preseason home opener at TIAA Bank Field.
Head Coach Doug Marrone for a second consecutive game at the start of the ’19 preseason held out most of the team’s starters, with 27 Jaguars held out against the Eagles.
“It’s always disappointing when you take the field and you’re keeping score and you come up short,” Marrone said.
Minshew, a sixth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft currently backing up starter Nick Foles, started a second consecutive game to start the ’19 preseason and completed 19 of 29 passes for 202 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions.
Thirty Jaguars players were held out of a 29-0 loss to Baltimore in the preseason opener with Marrone saying his hope is to get the team to the September 8 regular-season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs as healthy as possible.
Clayton Thorson, the Eagles’ fourth quarterback of the preseason, played the final three-and-half quarters and completed 16 of 26 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Cody Kessler, who started four games for the Jaguars last season, started for the Eagles and left the game after sustaining a hit to the head midway through the first quarter.
Three Jaguars offensive players listed as starters on the unofficial depth chart played Thursday: Cann, offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and tight end James O’Shaughnessy. Strongside linebacker Leon Jacobs and safety Jarrod Wilson were the only two defensive starters who played.
Step by step:
*Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, with the Jaguars not advancing past the Eagles 48 and the Eagles punting after an early drive to the Jaguars 42.
*The Eagles took a 7-0 lead when Thorson passed 38 yards to wide receiver Greg Ward with 14:04 remaining in the half; Ward beat Jaguars safety C.J. Reavis on the play, which came on 4th-and-4. The Jaguars had a touchdown called back when offensive tackle Leonard Wester was called for holding to negate a 36-yard touchdown pass from Minshew to fourth-year wide receiver Tre McBride. That marked the second consecutive game a Jaguars touchdown has been called back by penalty, with a kickoff return for a touchdown by wide receiver Keelan Cole negated by penalty last week. Kicker Josh Lambo’s 36-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the quarter gave the Jaguars their first points of the preseason.
*The Eagles extended the lead to 14-3 with 5:30 remaining in the third quarter with a one-yard run by Josh Adams; an interference penalty on Jaguars cornerback Josh Robinson on the previous play set up the touchdown.
Images from the second preseason game as the Jaguars host the Eagles.
*Elliott’s 52-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter made it, 17-3, Eagles, then Jaguars third-team quarterback Alex McGough cut the lead to a touchdown with a four-yard scramble on fourth down; McGough’s touchdown was set up when Jaguars cornerback Picasso Nelson Jr. intercepted Thorson at the Eagles 7. The Eagles pushed the lead back to two touchdowns with a one-yard run by Boston Scott with 5:00 remaining.
Injury report: Jaguars running back Alfred Blue sustained a first-quarter ankle injury and did not return.
Notable: Jaguars players ruled out before Thursday’s game were Foles; wide receivers Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and Tyre Brady; running backs Leonard Fournette and Ryquell Armstead; left tackle Cam Robinson; left guard Andrew Norwell; center Brandon Linder; right tackle Jawaan Taylor; and tight ends Josh Oliver, Geoff Swaim and Charles Jones; cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and D.J. Hayden; safeties Cody Davis and Ronnie Harrison; linebackers Myles Jack, Quincy Williams and Jake Ryan; defensive ends Lerentee McCray, Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue and defensive tackles Abry Jones and Marcell Dareus. Lee, Brady, Armstead, Robinson, Norwell, Taylor, Swaim, Oliver, Jones, Davis, Ryan, Williams and Dareus were held out for injury reasons with the other players coaches’ decisions. … The Jaguars’ starting offensive line Thursday: left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, left guard Will Richardson, center Tyler Shatley, right guard A.C. Cann and right tackle Leonard Wester. …
What’s next: The Jaguars will visit the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., Thursday at 8 p.m.