Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) makes a pass against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Will Clarke (93) and linebacker Trevor Roach (52) during the second quarter of a football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jags Claim First Preseason Victory Against Bengals

Going into Sunday’s game at EverBank Field, the Jags were 0-2 in the preseason while the Bengals were 1-1. And even though the Jaguars came out of it with a win, their dress rehearsal against the Bengals highlighted where they still need to improve.

The Jag’s appeared to struggle on both sides of the ball. Running back TJ Yeldon fumbled on the opening driving. During the first half quarterback Blake Bortles completed 10 of 16 passes for 52 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also flagged for a false start along with Brandon Linder. He said that the team’s sloppy performance was a result of mistakes at all positions. At halftime the Jags were losing 14-3, and the starting offense and defense was rotated off, giving rookies like defensive end Yannick Ngakoue a chance. Things picked up for the Jags’ offense in the third quarter with touchdowns by Joe Banyard, Neal Sterling and Haye Pullard dragging the team to a 26-11 win.

Sunday also marked the preseason debut of left tackle Kelvin Beachum, who was out of the first two games recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament from last season. Beachum is competing with Luke Joeckel for the position of starting left tackle.

As far as injuries, safety James Samples, offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach, defensive end Jonathan Woodard, offensive lineman Luke Bowanko, offensive tackle Josh Wells, defensive tackle Sheldon Day, safety Peyton Thompson and defensive tackle Roy Miller were ruled out before Sunday’s game. Safeties Tashaun Gipson and Earl Wolff left Sunday’s game with injuries.

The Jaguars have their last preseason game on Thursday when they take on the Falcons at the Georgia Dome at 7 p.m.

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