By Joslyn Simmons – After a sluggish start to the game on the offensive side of the ball, the Jacksonville Jaguars secure a 17-6 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons.
While the offense looked out of rhythm at times, the Jags’ defense pressured Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, which resulted in only two field goals for the visiting team. While the team celebrated a victory, there were several injuries. Late in the first quarter, top wide receiver Marqise Lee was carted off the field with a knee injury and has been lost for the season. Safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. and nose tackle Marcell Dareus both left the game with a stringer and pectoral tear respectively.
The Jaguars found some offense in the remaining quarters, despite interceptions from Blake Bortles. Receiver Donte Moncrief and running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon gained big chucks of yardage during several drives.
Backup quarterback, Cody Kessler played well and added touchdown of his own early in the fourth quarter after a fumble snap that led to a dive across the goal line.
In what has become an opportunity for players to take a stand on social injustice issues, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith did not participate in the national anthem. In the final preseason game on August 30th, the Jaguars will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa.