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Jags need receivers to step up, Ravens receivers are

William Middleton, Torrey Smith 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.

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30 Responses to “Jags need receivers to step up, Ravens receivers are”
  1. ravensfansc says: Aug 23, 2012 9:26 PM

    Flacco is tearing it up with the defense stepping up, this is what I like to see.

  2. 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.

  3. jagsandliquor says: Aug 23, 2012 9:28 PM

    Hey Ravens I’ll trade u MJD for Joe Flacco

  4. maddenisfordorks says: Aug 23, 2012 9:37 PM

    Jags fan here …

    Props to the ravens. Those cats can ball.

  5. kleppnasty says: Aug 23, 2012 9:44 PM

    Where are all Blackmon’s nay sayers? He has a long way to go, but it’s looking like the real expert’s high grades on him may be dead on.

  6. swagjag says: Aug 23, 2012 10:18 PM

    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.

  7. i10east says: Aug 23, 2012 10:20 PM

    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.

  8. qj1984 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:42 PM

    @jagsandliquor

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

  9. sliceanddic3 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:44 PM

    Man these Flacco haters better be ready to eat their words this coming season.

  10. ravenator says: Aug 23, 2012 10:50 PM

    Flacco amd Torrey are going to torch the AFCN, better recognize.

  11. easternshoresfinest says: Aug 23, 2012 11:04 PM

    Just say it for once, Florio. Say how sharp Joe looked.

  12. maddenisfordorks says: Aug 23, 2012 11:37 PM

    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.

  13. ben1332 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:48 PM

    I wonder if that genius Spielman is having any second thoughts yet.

  14. randallflagg52 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:48 PM

    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…

  15. steelersownyou says: Aug 23, 2012 11:53 PM

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

  16. sidewinder025 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:08 AM

    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!

  17. randallflagg52 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:50 AM

    Also after watching Bobby Rainey I’m pretty sure the steelers meant to select him in the draft instead of Chris Rainey. Bobby Rainey is a beast.

  18. goldrush36 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:28 AM

    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

  19. tyler200829 says: Aug 24, 2012 2:31 AM

    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

  20. truecowboyfan says: Aug 24, 2012 2:50 AM

    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.

  21. joetoronto says: Aug 24, 2012 4:48 AM

    Blaine Gabbert, lighting up the 50% mark. :)

  22. lapsncaps says: Aug 24, 2012 5:32 AM

    @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.

  23. neauxgeaux44 says: Aug 24, 2012 5:36 AM

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

  24. flbills says: Aug 24, 2012 5:43 AM

    Anyone know Lee Evans number??

  25. jagsfan1 says: Aug 24, 2012 7:59 AM

    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?

  26. iamthefootballjerk says: Aug 24, 2012 8:05 AM

    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.

  27. shackdelrio says: Aug 24, 2012 8:09 AM

    Mike Thomas has made some plays in the slot. He looked good playing against the Giants and Saints first team defense.

  28. shackdelrio says: Aug 24, 2012 8:38 AM

    “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.

  29. deathonwings410 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:13 PM

    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.

  30. deathonwings410 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:17 PM

    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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