What we learned: Patriots week – Jacksonville Jaguars News

What we learned: Patriots week – Jacksonville Jaguars News

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines what we learned about the Jaguars during three dual practices and a preseason game against New England this week …

1.Blake Bortles is … well, it’s tough to say what we learned this week about the Jaguars’ quarterback. He’s not Tom Brady, but who is? We do know Bortles still must make strides. He threw just one interception all week, and continued to show good accuracy down the sidelines. But he struggled in 11-on-11 work Tuesday, and doesn’t seem to be throwing with confidence at times. He played just two series with five attempts Thursday. To say he needs to improve is a tired old record at this point, but it’s a record that must be played.

2.Leonard Fournette is the real deal … The Jaguars’ rookie wasn’t spectacular Thursday, but he was really good and showed what he has shown through training camp – the skill to be a big-time NFL running back. He said after the game the speed didn’t overwhelm him. That was obvious watching. So is this: he belongs.

3. … and the Jaguars are going to use him. The run game looked better with Fournette in the game. The line looked better and the runs were getting finished. He ran four consecutive plays on his first series, with one run going for eight yards on fourth and one. Get used to that.

4.Myles Jack is still progressing. This is to be expected; the transition from strong side to middle linebacker isn’t easy. Jack appeared to play well in nickel situations Thursday, but is adjusting in the base defense. “It was OK,” he said. “I missed way too many tackles. I’m not satisfied; I still have a ways to…

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