The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Falcons vs. Jaguars
The Falcons fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-6 on in the third preseason game of 2018. Let’s break down the good, bad, and ugly from Saturday night’s game.
Damontae Kazee. The second-year safety started in place of Ricardo Allen on Saturday night. He’d already been impressive in previous preseason games, but he showed that he could hang with the starters against the Jaguars. He finished the game with 5 tackles and a pass breakup. What doesn’t show on the stat sheet is that he was near the ball on almost every play. I understand that he is a backup, but head coach Dan Quinn must find a way to get Kazee on the field when the regular season starts.
Kicker Matt Bryant is still money. He produced Atlanta’s only points on Saturday. Both field goal attempts were right down the middle. Bryant is truly an ageless wonder, heading into his 17th NFL season at 43 years old.
Boy, if middle linebacker Deion Jones ever went on injured reserve, the Falcons would be toast. Jones is dealing with a strain, so he stayed on the sideline against Jacksonville while Duke Riley started in his place. The Jaguars starting offense torched the Falcons for 236 total yards in the first half. This includes four plays that were at least 20 yards. If Jones played, Jacksonville would not have been that successful. Good thing he will be ready for week one.
The Falcons starting offense failed to convert any of their five third downs, including a third-and-one in the red zone. Atlanta converted less than 45% of their third downs in 2017 and focused on fixing that issue for this season. I do not see the improvement. Now I understand that Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman did not play, but those are the two most injury-prone players on the offense. There will likely be games where either guy or possibly both, won’t be available. Atlanta must be better, and that starts with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
By: David Schiele