Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions: Report Card Grades for Each Jaguars Unit

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions: Report Card Grades for Each Jaguars Unit
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The Jaguars suffered another close preseason defeat on Friday night—this time at the hands of the Detroit Lions.

Despite the 13-12 final, the Jaguars first and second teams played well, while the third team saw the game slip away in the fourth quarter.

On offense, Blake Bortles again stole the show for the Jaguars. The rookie quarterback took his first reps with the first-team offense and completed 10 of 16 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. It wasn't just his stats that were impressive, but his poise in the face of pressure and his willingness to push the ball downfield were also encouraging. 

Overall, the Jaguars offense was hot and cold. The rushing attack, led by Toby Gerhart, left much to be desired, averaging only 3.4-yards per carry on 25 attempts. Moreover, with the exception of Bortles, the passing attack looked stagnant and inconsistent.

Defensively, the Jaguars allowed the Lions 368 total yards on offense. The team struggled in run defense, missing tackles and displaying poor gap discipline. In the passing game, the team allowed Lions quarterbacks to complete 72 percent of their attempts.

On a positive note, the defensive line continues to generate a strong pass rush, indicating that the team has the personnel to have a strong rotation in 2014.

In sum, the Jaguars are starting to prove they can be a competitive team. There are clearly some young, talented pieces who are developing. The arrow is definitely trending up with this rebuilding franchise and it's going to be fun to watch this team grow during the regular season.

Now, let's take a look at how each unit graded out in the team's third preseason game.

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