Jacksonville Jaguars Preseason Week 4 Review: Gabbert Grinds It out

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistAugust 31, 2012

The opening for Jennings will still be there if MoJo returns.
The opening for Jennings will still be there if MoJo returns.Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-14 in the final preseason game on August 30th. The Jaguars finished the preseason 3-1, which is utterly meaningless.

Here's what does matter from the final preseason game.


Blaine Gabbert Will Grind All Season

Once again, Gabbert's improvement and limitations were on full display. The Jaguars gave him a full quarter of work, and he showed the same tendencies he has all preseason.

He was accurate as long as the passes stayed within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. He overthrew a deep ball early and looked long one other time before tucking the ball and scrambling.

He looks calm and decisive in the pocket and should have a decent completion percentage. However, his YPA was just 5.3 on this game and just 6.0 for the preseason.

That's not good enough to win consistently in the NFL.

The Jaguars are going to have pound out a lot of 12 to 15-play drives to score, and that requires near perfect execution to generate touchdowns.


This Team Needs Maurice Jones-Drew

I know it's in vogue to claim that Rashad Jenning's performance renders MoJo's presence obsolete, but it's not true.

Jennings had 11 carries in just over a quarter against Atlanta. That's clearly the way the Jaguars want to play the game. That kind of 30-plus carry pace per game is not sustainable for Jennings.

This team is going to be run-heavy with a capitol R, so having two and three quality backs is not optional.

Jenning's career high in carries is 84. At the pace he was on against Atlanta, he'd hit that near the end of Week 2.

When Jones-Drew does return, it won't matter who starts for the Jaguars.  Jennings will get plenty of touches no matter what.