Bortles is great, McDaniels loses his mind - The Best & Worst in Jax
Some of the highlights, and lowlights, of the Jaguars' 31-20 victory over the Patriots on Sunday.
HOOMAN . . . NO! HOLLISTER
Wearing the No. 47 that Michael Hoomanawanui used to wear, second-year tight end Jacob Hollister leaked out to the left on the Patriots first drive and wound up uncovered for a 23-yard gain.
HANDFUL OF SHIRT
Telvin Smith got away with a hold on the Patriots first drive, yanking the jersey of Rob Gronkowski as he cruised by. It had an impact. Then Smith had the gall to woof.
The NFL has now directed officials to make sure pass rushers don’t land on quarterbacks with their “full weight” when taking them down. I get the thought behind it. Fat defenders pile-driving pipe cleaner QBs is weasel business and nothing separates a shoulder quicker than a pancaking. But the new language invites a lot of “Hey! They can’t do that!!!” And that’s what Yannick Ngakoue’s pressure on Tom Brady at the end of the Patriots first drive caused. It would have been an unremarkable play had that language not been inserted.
I THINK IT’S IN THE FESCUE
Stephen Gostkowski’s first quarter field goal attempt from 54 yards was pushed aggressively right. Missed by about 25 yards aggressive.
Blake Bortles capped the Jags first drive of the day with a perfectly thrown ball to Donte Moncrief for a touchdown over Stephon Gilmore. Sometimes it’s the throw. Sometimes it’s the coverage. Sometimes it’s the catch. This time, it was the throw.
Jags wideout Keelan Cole, who played out of his mind on Sunday, plucked a pass from Bortles out of the sky like an M&M over the top of Eric Rowe.
OUT OF THE STADIUM
A few plays after his one-handed stab, Cole caught a touchdown pass over Eric Rowe and went – on a dead run – up the tunnel and onto the concourse.
After the Patriots third drive went bellyup at midfield, Josh McDaniels lost his brain on the offense over on the sideline early in the second quarter.
HAVE A SEAT, ERIC
After getting tuned up by Keelan Cole on the second Jacksonville drive, Eric Rowe was sat down and replaced by Jason McCourty.
CBS analyst Tony Romo was beside himself about the pressure Tom Brady was dealing with, supposing the terror Brady must be experiencing.
PICK OF THE LITTER
Austin Seferian-Jenkins wound up wide open in the end zone for a touchdown late in the first half with Patrick Chung trailing the play. How’d it happen? Dede Westbrook stuck his arms out and gave Chung a solid shot to free up ASJ.
The Jaguars reeled off a seven-minute drive to start the half and knocked in a field goal. The Jags had three third-down conversions on the drive and – as each of their first four drives – it didn’t end until they were in Patriots territory.
Stephon Gilmore forced a fumble on the Jags second drive of the half with a nifty strip that was recovered by Duron Harmon and put the Pats in business at the Jacksonville 48.
SOUNDS GOOD, SONY
Rookie running back Sony Michel got his first NFL action and had a nice 15-yard burst to help the Patriots third-quarter scoring drive.
The Patriots had a third-and-4 from the Jags 26 and tried a wide receiver screen to Cordarelle Patterson who backpedaled before the ball got to him and then after as well and wound up falling on his posterior.
Kyle Van Noy came up with a diving pick of pass tipped by cornerback Johnathan Jones early in the fourth quarter to put the Pats in business inside the Jags 30,
Dante Fowler came up with a strip sack of Brady on the ensuing third-and-9, getting around La’Adrian Waddle.
Running back Corey Grant got past Devin McCourty with a diabolical inside-out move to pick up a first down after the Jags recovered the early fourth-quarter fumble.
WE JUST DON'T HAVE A RETURNER
When the Jags had a plus-50 punt early in the fourth quarter, the Patriots didn't send anyone back to catch it.