Jacksonville Jaguars: Jared Cook

Upon Further Review: Jaguars Week 5

October, 7, 2013
A review of four hot issues from the Jacksonville Jaguars' 34-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams:

TO troubles: The Jaguars are not 14 points worse than the Rams, but they ended up that way because they continue to hurt themselves with turnovers. The Blaine Gabbert pass that sailed over Justin Blackmon's head and was intercepted and returned for a touchdown was one of his worst throws of the season. Clay Harbor's fumble on the sideline, which led to a Rams TD, happened because he didn't cover the ball as he was going to the ground. Gabbert's second interception was to a completely covered Cecil Shorts in the end zone on fourth down. The Jaguars are now minus-7 in turnover margin this season. “There are so many times when these games come back to the small security of making good decisions with the ball,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. “We will continue to emphasize that.”

[+] EnlargeJacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew
AP Photo/L.G. PattersonMaurice Jones-Drew rushed for a season-best 70 yards against the Rams.
Run game makes progress: The Jaguars entered the weekend averaging just 49.0 yards per game rushing, but nearly doubled that against the Rams, running for 96 yards on 25 carries. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 70 yards on 17 carries and had his first big run of the season, a 20-yarder that helped set up a field goal. This came with a new right tackle (Austin Pasztor) and the third player to play left tackle in a week (Cameron Bradfield). The Jaguars had success later in the game running the ball out of the pistol and having center Brad Meester slide down the left side of the line to help block the edge. “That's how the run game goes,” Jones-Drew said. “At first it's like 2 yards, zero, negative-3, and then after a while you start breaking runs. The offensive line did a great job of capturing the edge and we were able to make some runs. We want to continue building on that and it takes time.”

More TE damage: Bradley disagreed with an assessment earlier last week that the Jaguars were having trouble handling tight ends. Guys weren't getting beat one-on-one. There were coverage busts, especially against Seattle. Both happened again against the Rams. Lance Kendricks and Jared Cook combined to catch seven passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Nearly half of those receptions were key plays, too. Kendricks had a 16-yard TD catch and also had another 16-yard catch on second-and-9. Both came on play-action rollouts in which Kendricks shadowed Bradford across the field and eluded linebackers. Cook had a 14-yard catch in the middle of the field against safety Johnathan Cyprien on a third-and-10 play and he also was the beneficiary of a 21-yard pass interference penalty by cornerback Will Blackmon.

More mistakes: Committing only four penalties for 45 yards normally would be a laudable stat, but nothing is that simple with the Jaguars. LaRoy Reynolds' illegal block above the waist wiped out Ace Sanders' 88-yard punt return for a touchdown and Blackmon's pass interference penalty jump-started a scoring drive that ended with a field goal.

Get to know the St. Louis Rams

October, 1, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars hit the road again for the third time in five games this season, this time heading to St. Louis to play the 1-3 Rams. They haven’t faced the Rams since 2009 and haven’t played in St. Louis since the 2005 season.

The Rams are coming off a 35-11 home loss to San Francisco. The Rams had trouble running the ball again (18 yards on 19 attempts), totaled just 188 yards, and gave up 219 yards rushing. Frank Gore ran for 153 yards one week after Dallas’ DeMarco Murray ran for 175.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET (CBS).

Here’s a look at the Rams:

Record: 1-3.

Last week: Lost to San Francisco 35-11.

Coach: Jeff Fisher, second season (8-11-1); 20th season overall (150-131-1).

Offensive coordinator: Brian Schottenheimer.

Defensive coordinator: Tim Walton.

Series record: Rams lead 2-1.


QB Sam Bradford: Bradford leads the NFL in passing attempts but ranks last in average gain per pass attempt (6.01 yards). That means the Rams are throwing a lot of short passes and trying to work underneath. Bradford has mostly been solid, completing 59 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

WR Tavon Austin: The rookie speedster from West Virginia was viewed as one of the most electrifying players in the draft, and he has caught 20 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He’s only averaging 6.2 yards per catch, hardly the big-time playmaker the Rams thought they were getting.

TE Jared Cook: He’s another player who was supposed to flourish this season, and he has caught 17 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in four games. He’s a big target (6-5, 248) who can run. That’s a bad matchup for the Jaguars, who have struggled covering tight ends this season.


DE Chris Long: The former No. 2 overall pick led the Rams in sacks (11.5) and QB hurries (50) in 2012 but has amassed just seven tackles and half of a sack in four games this season. The defense has struggled -- giving up 30 or more points in three consecutive games -- and Long called the performance “disgusting.” The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Long is the Rams’ left defensive end, which means he’ll be lining up against Jaguars rookie right tackle Luke Joeckel.

CB Janoris Jenkins: Jenkins make a splash as a rookie in 2012, making 73 tackles, knocking down 14 passes, and returning three of his four interceptions for touchdowns. The Rams are playing more soft zone coverage this season, which doesn’t allow for Jenkins to do what he does best: cover guys one-on-one.

LB Alec Ogletree: The 6-2, 242-pound rookie from Georgia has already forced two fumbles and knocked down two passes. He also leads the team with 31 tackles.


When teams trimmed their rosters to 53 in late August, the Rams had the NFL’s youngest roster with an average age of 24.98. … The Rams have beaten the Jaguars both times the game has been played in the Edward Jones Dome. … Fisher is third among active coaches with 150 career victories. He trails only New England’s Bill Belichick (190) and Denver’s Mike Shanahan (168). New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is one victory behind Fisher. … St. Louis and Cleveland are the only two teams that have yet to score a rushing touchdown this season.