Report card

September 01, 1997

Running backs

Earnest Byner was basically a one-man show. He ran well, rushing for 63 yards on 14 carries, and did a nice job of picking up the Jacksonville blitzes.



Vinny Testaverde put up impressive numbers, but those three interceptions were extremely costly, one leading to a Jacksonville touchdown and the other stopping a Ravens drive late in the game.



Michael Jackson and Jermaine Lewis had good games, and tight end Eric Green is starting to emerge. But the timing seemed off between Testaverde and Derrick Alexander.


Offensive line

The interior was rebuilt in training camp, but for the most part the line held up well. The unit picked up a number of Jacksonville blitzes, but Jonathan Ogden wasn't as overpowering at left tackle as he was at left guard a season ago.


Defensive line

The line settled down after Jacksonville pounded it on two first-quarter drives, but the Jaguars also had some success running off tackle.



Rookies Peter Boulware and Jamie Sharper hustled and combined for eight tackles, but their inexperience showed at times, especially on passing plays. Ray Lewis can't cover the entire field.



The cornerbacks limited the long bombs, but Jacksonville was successful on mid-range passes. The cornerbacks couldn't cover receivers Jimmy Smith or Keenan McCardell, especially McCardell out of the slot.


Special teams

They don't get much better than this. Jacksonville had only 64 yards on four kickoffs, and just 6 yards on two punts. Bennie Thompson and Tony Vinson have become quite a tandem on the kickoff team. Jermaine Lewis had four kickoff returns for 118 yards, including a long of 42.


Pub Date: 9/01/97

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