Jags need receivers to step up, Ravens receivers are

AP

The good news for the Jaguars is that rookie receiver Justin Blackmon, the fifth pick in the 2012 draft, already looks like a seasoned veteran.  The bad news is that, beyond Blackmon, they really don’t have anything at receiver.

Blackmon has proven to be the favorite target of second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert, with seven targets and four catches into the third quarter.  Beyond Blackmon, however, Gabbert doesn’t have many options.

Laurent Robinson, the big-money free-agent acquisition, has been largely invisible.

That’s not the case for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has spread the ball to nine receivers, with Torrey Smith making eight catches for 103 yards.

Smith left the game momentarily in the first quarter after suffering an apparent leg injury.  He returned at the start of the second quarter.

Gabbert has completed as of this posting eight of 16 passes for 83 yards.  Flacco has thrown 36 passes with 27 completions for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

30 responses to “Jags need receivers to step up, Ravens receivers are

  1. The Jags needed a game like this as a barometer for where they really are. The play was sloppier than a middle school make out session. Baltimore definitely delivered tonight after an underwhelming start to the preseason. Solid outing all around. Lots of ugly film to reinforce the message that this team has a lot of hard work to do before they can run with the top tier teams in the NFL.

    P.S. – Henne is doo doo.

  2. This was the Ravens ‘circle the calendar’ game, since my Jags beat them when it really counted last year. The Ravens put in a full game plan to beat the Jags for this pre season game. Congrats on winning your pre season Super Bowl Ravens LOL.

  3. @jagsandliquor

    LOL. Didn’t the Ravens and Jags swap 1st round picks in 2008? Flacco was taken with the Jags pick.

  4. In preseason you look for flashes … Both teams had them.

    Jag fans saw Blackmon and Branch flash … And that they mss their starting guys who were out (Monroe, Cox, and D.Smith)

    Ravens flashed their whole dang team.

  5. Torrey Smith played every snap last season with a hernia. I can’t wait to see what he can do now that he’s %100, every defense in the AFCN should be shaking in their cleats especially now that Torrey looks like Boldin or Mason out their running his routes. A guy with Smith’s size and speed now mixed with above average route running? Watch out…

  6. I could throw for 300 yards against the jags! Wait til the stillers get all up in dat raven a ss! Chumps!

  7. Jags fan here.

    Really think this is less the Jags problem and more the Ravens are serious Super Bowl contenders. Great coverage all night on the outside and receivers were hanging tough and making great plays. I knew Torrey Smith could play last year — and it looks like he’s ready to light up the league. Still not sold on Flacco entirely, however as long as he’s above average the Ravens could find a trophy.
    Props to Baltimore.

    and man, Blackmon can play!

  8. Didn’t you guys post something last week that Blackmon was way behind and it was alarming? I guess when you always have an agenda you forget those things

  9. Props to Blackmon what a beast…but man I can’t wait to see Joe pass for 4,000 yards this year and 30 TDs……but then they’d complain he didn’t throw for 4,015 yards and 31 TDs

  10. Laurent Robinson will be missing Tony Romo just like Patrick Crayton did last season.

    Crayton thought he would have better numbers under first round pick Phillip Rivers but he did not even come close to the undrafted free agent Tony Romo numbers.

    Cowboys did not let Crayton back, who’s now out of the league, and Robinson looks he might be heading down that same path.

  11. @qj1984 – we traded with the jags, only then to move back down through Carolina to get Joe. The Jags led the way, but wasnt with their pick.

  12. Listen to the delusional bid fans and their false hubris from a preseason game…what a joke….Pats own the AFC….fact….

  13. voiceofreasonsays says:Aug 23, 2012 9:26 PM

    Bad QB period. At least with Tebow, they could have made $ off jerseys. Trade MJD, then relocate the team.

    OK Pal – whatever you say. You are a complete moron. Let me guess – we are moving to LA right?

  14. I am Ravens diehard, and I have two comments. The Jags do not need to worry just yet, because if there ever was a statement game for the preseason, this was it for the Ravens. The defense has been getting shredded and wanted to step up. Plus, last year’s loss to the Jags still stings (had to play in Foxboro instead of the crab cake cause of games like that).

    The second note is that the Ravens are breaking out a part of their regular season offense in the preseason, against a preseason vanilla defense. I am excited about what they can do, but will reserve total judgement for the reg season.

  15. “voiceofreasonsays says:
    Aug 23, 2012 9:26 PM
    Bad QB period. At least with Tebow, they could have made $ off jerseys. Trade MJD, then relocate the team.”

    {yawn}

    Gabbert has improved dramatically from last season. Anybody who hasn’t seen him this preseason, just doesn’t understand. It’s like night and day.

  16. Ravens fan here (obviously) and I thought Joe looked good (obviously). The receivers looked good too, except Jacoby who will lose his position on the Depth chart to either Laquan, Deonte or Doss anyway. As for the Jags, I thought Gabbert looked WAAAAY better than he did last year. If actually had other legitimate targets besides MJD, Mercedes Lewis and Blackmon, I could see him push for a Wild Card spot in a year or two.

  17. PS…that Jennings kid for the Jags is a monster and he’ll make a good change of pace for MJD. I wish the Ravens had a guy like that, but hopefully Bernard Pierce continues his progression

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