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Defense stops Eli Manning Youth Jalen Ramsey Jersey , Odell Beckham, Jr. on potential game-winning drive The Jacksonville Jaguars won their season opener against the New York Giants with ugly offense, opportunistic special teams, and a defense that just would not go quietly into that good night.With 2:21 left in the fourth quarter, the Giants offense took the field. It was 20-15 with the Jaguars leading but... we’ve seen this movie before, folks. Not typically with the quality of defense we have now, but old wounds are hard to mend.But Sunday turned out different. The defense held, they bent but they didn’t break, and the Jaguars are now 1-0 because of it.That drive is what we’ll be diving into this week as we break down the drive of the game for Week 1.Play #1: 1st and 10 at NYG 19The Jaguars defense starts out in soft zone, allowing Beckham to get an easy 21-yard gain between D.J. Hayden and Jalen Ramsey. Although it looks like Ramsey is the one to blame for this, there really is no blame. It’s prevent coverage — Eli Manning is going to get those for easy chunks.Play #2: 1st and 10 at NYG 40With the clock stopped and the two-minute warning coming up, the Giants opt to try a run play. After all, Saquon Barkley had the biggest play of the day... why not try again? The Jaguars have it sniffed out however, with Barry Church reading it all perfectly.Play #3: 2nd and 9 at NYG 41The Giants did this sort of thing all day long and it’s a big reason why Beckham ended with 11 catches for 111 yards. The natural pick play created by Beckham running the cross with Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack running into each other allows Beckham an easy 20-yard gain.Play #4: 1st and 10 at JAX 40And here we get to the “don’t break” part of this bend but don’t break Jaguars defense. The defensive line will really stand out in these next four downs, keeping Manning off balance and throwing passes that range from a little off to no chance.The interior of the line is especially good these last few downs. After nearly 59 minutes of play, watch Malik Jackson sled block the left guard mere inches away from Manning.Play #5: 2nd and 10 at JAX 40Another run, another sad face.Play #6: 3rd and 6 at JAX 36Remember what I was saying about the defensive line? Yeah...Lerentee McCray gets a great jump off the snap and it’s what’s got Manning worried first. He looks to the other side of the field and BAM there’s Malik again right in his face. The throw is off target.Play #7: 4th and 6 at JAX 36The defensive line won this game Authentic Myles Jack Jersey , but let’s also credit newly signed cornerback D.J. Hayden taking on Beckham on this play. Hayden stays with Beckham step for step and is helped out by Manning throwing under a lot of pressure.McCray more than earned his pay check last week, getting another pressure on Manning on his most important pass of the afternoon.SummaryThe defense was the biggest reason for the win against the Giants and the defensive line was the reason the rest of the defense was able to flourish. And it’s a big reason why the line is the deepest, most talented position group on a roster that has quite a few deep and talented position groups.Bend but don’t break all the way to the Super Bowl, Jaguars.What can the Jaguars expect from Jamaal Charles and David Williams? With the Jacksonville Jaguars’ horses turning into glue before our very eyes, general manager Dave Caldwell has done some jockeying to add a few former Broncos to the running back stable.For the past 48 hours, local media and Jaguars fans alike have pounded the table to trade for proven veteran running backs such as Le’veon Bell, Mark Ingram and Tevin Coleman, to name a few.While this may have provided excellent fodder for debate, it was never happening. This regime is finally at the point of being a good roster that lets talent walk and accruing compensatory picks - not spending draft capital on knee-jerk panic moves. Instead of buying high on a temporary band aid, the Jaguars were wise in mining the bargain bin to find a couple of guys to carry the football, and the two players they opted for could not be more opposite of one another.Turning 32 in December, Jamaal Charles is an experienced veteran whose 5.4 yards per carry still ranks as the highest in NFL history for running backs. Charles appeared in 14 games for the Broncos last season as a rotational role player and compiled 296 yards on 69 carries (nice) for a 4.3 yards per carry average as their RB2. In addition, Charles tacked on 23 catches on 28 targets, and his 82.1% catch rate was actually the highest in his entire NFL career spanning nine seasons with the Chiefs. A direct replacement for Corey Grant on this roster, Charles may not have the spry legs to flash the incendiary speed that Grant possessed, but his superior pass blocking ability and vision running between the tackles could actually make him a more valuable asset to this offense than Grant was.Let’s take a look at some examples of how Charles could help from his 14 games as a Bronco last year:Charles’ vision and patience is obvious, even at this advanced stage of his career. Unlike Grant Youth Yannick Ngakoue Jersey , Charles will wait for blocks to develop and knows when to accelerate into the second level. As an added bonus, Charles is capable of running out of shotgun formations as well as behind a lead blocking fullback in I-formation and wishbone packages.Another thing that Charles still has is elusiveness. In this example, Charles teleports despite immediate pressure in the backfield to still pick up a gain on a play that should have went for a loss. Not to pile on Grant, but he simply lacked the wiggle and lateral burst to pull off a move like this as his game was predicated more on linear foot speed.Conversely, while Charles still has ample burst left, his foot speed has faded. He’s north of thirty years old - it happens. In the clip above, you can see Charles get chased down by a defensive end (Jerry Hughes) as he tries to race to the sideline. Substitute Grant into this situation and he likely smokes Hughes.Whenever Charles was in the game for the Broncos last year, he wasn’t asked to pass block very often. In the passing game, he was mostly asked to run into the flats, very similar to what Yeldon is asked to do as a receiver out of the backfield. Charles is physical enough to chip a rusher when necessary and provides much more in that arena than Grant, who struggled mightily in blitz pick up. It was one of his most attractive attributes at Kansas City and as long as he is still willing, those skills shouldn’t have eroded.Towards the end of December 2017, Charles asked for his release from the Broncos once they were eliminated from contention to give himself an opportunity to latch on with a playoff team come January. This never came intro fruition of course, but it’s clear that Charles is motivated by one thing – ring chasing. That type of motivation could be much more powerful for this Jaguars team over a guy like Le’Veon Bell, who is purely motivated by paper at this point in his career.As experienced as Jamaal Charles is, former Razorback running back David Williams is equally inexperienced. A seventh round pick by Denver in this most recent draft, Williams was usurped on the roster by the very impressive undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay and simply became the odd man out despite showing some nice flashes in the preseason. Tipping the scales at 6’0” 224-pounds Authentic Telvin Smith Jersey


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