The Jaguars played their first road game of the 2014 NFL Preseason. They did so in front of a nationally televised audience. The Monday Night Football crew called the Thursday night tilt between the Jaguars and Bears at Soldier Field. With the game on ESPN, that meant more eyes on the Jaguars from fans and the media, as well as more excitement from the players.
What a great look!
Gameday is exciting, regardless of the time.
Once the game was underway, Jacksonville made some big plays to get #JaguarsTwitter talking. Two young Jaguars collaborated to lead to a big play. Rookie linebacker Telvin Smith tipped a pass that led to an interception by second-year safety Josh Evans.
Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles made some nice throws on his way to a game-high 160 yards passing.
Defensive lineman Tyson Alualu recorded his second sack in as many games.
Paul Posluszny is coming off his first Pro Bowl. He missed Thursday's game at Soldier Field, a place that has witnessed many great linebackers.
Too bad Posluszny isn't here tonight. Soldier Field is a shrine for middle linebackers. Butkus, Singletary, Urlacher. He fits right in. — Brian Sexton (@JagsVoice) August 14, 2014
Even senior writers were looking forward to watching Bortles play.
Jaguars Owner Shad Khan was on hand to watch a battle between his team and the team from his home state.
Smith, a fifth round pick, has impressed reporters, coaches and fans.
Speed,is why Smith plays a ton as a rookie. Loved him at FSU — Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) August 15, 2014
There is a lot of hype surrounding the 2014 Jaguars rookie class.
It's going to be fun to watch JAX offense grow together. Rookies Bortles, Lee, Robinson & Hurns should play together for a long time. — Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) August 15, 2014
Undrafted rookie wide receiver Allen Hurns has turned heads.
Asked Jaguars staff before Thurs night game if there was a legit rookie sleeper. Yes, WR Allen Hurns, (undrafted, Miami), 4 for 74 yards. — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 15, 2014
The Jaguars defense got off to another great start.
Bortles chatted with reporter Lisa Salters following his 160-yard passing performance.
With Posluszny out, Nate Stupar got the start.at middle linebacker.
Running back Jordan Todman shared this edit on Instagram, with the caption: "It's GAME DAY ...."
Linebacker Geno Hayes spent one season with the Chicago Bears. He returned to Soldier Field on Thursday night, but as a member of the visiting team.
The leader of the wide receiver group, Cecil Shorts III, congratulated Lee on his touchdown.
While preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles' quarterback coach was Jordan Palmer. Palmer, who played for the Jaguars, is now a member of the Chicago Bears.
Despite getting off to a strong start, the Jaguars lost the game in the final minutes. The players were excited about the team's progress.