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Lamar Jackson logged three series of action in his quarter of play. He started his day finding Chris Moore for chunk yardage on a busted coverage. His best throw of the game came on another connection with Moore on a back-shoulder fade just out of the reach of cornerback Tre Herndon.
The star of the night on the defensive side of the ball was 2019 third-round edge defender Jaylon Ferguson. The former Louisiana Tech star had no problems adjusting to life in the NFL in his first career preseason game, as he had his way with Jacksonville offensive lineman all night utilizing a bullrush pass-rushing move. Ravens fans should be excited about the potential of Ferguson in 2019 and beyond as he tries to fill the void left by franchise icon Terrell Suggs, who is now in Arizona after 16 seasons with the team.
The Jaguars were shutout and recorded just 112 total net yards in the opener in an otherwise dreadful offensive performance. Wide receiver Tre McBride was the lone player who was able to move the chains for the offense, leading the team with three receptions (nobody else had more than one) and 42 yards (nobody else had more than six).
One bright spot for a Jags defense that surrendered 29 points was the play of undrafted safety Andrew Wingard out of Wyoming. He put his tackling fundamentals on display in defense of the Ravens rushing attack where he earned multiple positive grades.
On the other end of the spectrum, rookie Trace McSorely showcased mixed results in his first taste of any NFL action. Struggles out of the gate are entirely expected, but Trace had better avoid staring down his receivers as he did on during his second series. Never looking away from his primary target — fellow rookie Myles Boykin — on a dig route where Tae Hayes made him pay with an easy interception.
Will Richardson Jr. and Donnell Greene struggled to handle the Ravens' front in both pass protection in the running game in the second half of this preseason opener. This was not more evident than the opening drive of the second half when the Jacksonville was sacked on the first two plays and threw and an interception on the third. The team then made an effort to run the ball the first three plays of the following drive which resulted in a three-and-out punt.
Cornerback Quenton Meeks missed multiple tackles that led to big plays for the Ravens' offense. Meeks was responsible for allowing Willie Snead to find the end zone late in the first quarter and followed that up with another missed tackle on a long gain by rookie running back Justice Hill.
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