If the Jaguars can keep things going like this, all Gene Smith and Mike Mularkey’s decisions are looking good.
The Jaguars have made a point of not making a big deal out of running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s holdout. And they’re giving Rashad Jennings plenty of chances to make him obsolete.
Jennings carried six for 41 yards on the first possession, as they were feeding him the ball to see how he handles a larger workload.
Of course, the Jags started well last week as well, but faded fast. This week, quarterback Blaine Gabbert kept it going. He found first-rounder Justin Blackmon for a 16-yard touchdown to cap a successful first drive, and built on that momentum to rest of the first quarter.
Gabbert was flawless on the opening drive, and even though he didn’t go through many reads on any of those passes, he did it cleanly.
He was 10-of-11 for 90 yards and two touchdowns, for the moment justifying the draft pick they used on him a year ago.
And Blackmon looked physical, showing an ability to get open the Jaguars lacked.
If they can keep those three clicking, and figure out a way to gracefully integrate Jones-Drew back into the mix, there’s a chance at building something.