on further review
1. As coach Vic Fangio consistently sent off ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Bryce Callahan and S Justin Simmons to drop-backs during Jacksonville’s first series, you knew he had a few wrinkles to rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. OLB Bradley Chubb and Von Miller occasionally got into coverage and the entire defense took Lawrence in the middle of the field. He was a 5-in-7 pass for 73 yards on the opening drive… and then 9 of 26 for 45 yards. The Broncos ran five players on 10 of Lawrence’s drop-backs; He was 1 in 9 for four yards and two interceptions against extra runners.
2. RB Javonte Williams ran 13 times for 64 yards and showed eye-catching ability. His first carry lasted nine yards, including seven after contact, when LB Miles missed a jack tackle. His 16-yard carry was the tour de force. S Rayshaun Jenkins missed the 25-yard line, S Andrew Wingard in 29, DL Roy Robertson-Harris in 27, and Jack in 31. Williams’ 14-yard carry converted third and -8 in the fourth quarter. QB Teddy Bridgewater said he checked the run play to the left and Williams had the advantage from a block pulling RG Netane Muti.
3. The Jaguars’ offensive line did well against the Broncos’ pass Rush. We charted the defense with one sack and two knockdowns and one pressure each. Miller’s sack was well crafted – he basically took a wide path before going inside for the sack in 2.84 seconds when RT jawans Taylor and RG Ben Bartsch couldn’t recover to block him. There was also 1 1/2 pressure on Miller.
4. Jacksonville ran five or more players on 10 of Bridgewater’s 40 drop-backs and had a total of nine “disruptions”. The three sacks were in 5.03, 5.50 (coverage) and 2.77 seconds. Josh Allen’s sack was almost a freebie when LT Garrett Bowles got blocked and didn’t get out quickly. Muti filling in for RG Graham Glasgow allowed Adam Gottis for the final sack.
5. Aside from Williams’ three carries of seven, 16 and 14, the Broncos’ run game was slow to fire. RB Melvin Gordon scored only 31 yards on 13 attempts (long of eight). We recorded offense for eight “bad” run plays.
6. Jamal Agnew’s 102-yard kickoff return touchdown by the Jaguars was a mess for the Broncos’ coverage unit. K Brandon McManus’ kick had a decent hang time (4.02 seconds) and Agnew got a running start to leave the end zone. LB Jonas Griffith took a bad angle, TE Eric Soubert was blocked from behind, ILB Baron Browning dove for a missed tackle and CB Mike Ford over-runned Agnew just before the final zone. It was tied for the fifth longest kick return touchdown allowed in Broncos history.
four prime numbers
38:52 – Broncos possession time, their highest since 39:22 against New Orleans on November 13, 2016.
30 — Snap by Broncos offense that involved at least two tight ends—18 of two-tee and 12 of three-tee personnel.
53 – Quarterback that Broncos OLB Von Miller has posted at least half a sack in his career following the dismissal of Trevor Lawrence.
0 – Red zone snap for Jaguars, a first for a Broncos rival since Oakland on October 1, 2017.
Playing time review. Skill-position leaders were aggressively WR Cortland Sutton and TE Noah Fant (53 out of 69), WR Tim Patrick (51), WR KJ Hamler (49), RB Melvin Gordon (41), TE Albert Okwegbunam (37) And there were RB. Javonte Williams (28). On defense, CB Pat Suren II played all 53 snaps on his first start and 17 players had at least 13 snaps of work. OLB Bradley Chubb played 19 snaps in the first half before aggravating his ankle injury. S Caiden Stern played 14 snaps in dime personnel and ILB Justin Stern played 23 snaps after Josie Jewel was injured.
Third bottom issues. The Broncos crashed back to Earth in third place after converting seven of 15 against the Giants. He went 2 out of 11 against the Jaguars and faced an average of 8.3 yards to go. He is asking for trouble or punt. The two conversions were the third and -6 catches by Sutton (16 yards) and the third and -8 by Williams (14 yards).
Busy day for Fuller, Suren. Jaguars didn’t shy away from challenging Certain and CB Kyle Fuller. In man coverage, Trevor Lawrence had a 3-for-5 pass for 30 yards and an interception plus a 36-yard pass interference call against Sureten. Sureten’s second pass break-up came after he dropped his coverage assignment. Was 2 of 9 for 31 yards (25-yard touchdown) against Lawrence Fuller, who had a third-down penalty (bad call).
Activating TE/FB Andrew Beck for a Jets game is a thought-provoking way to improve special teams. Praised during training camp as a core special team player, Beck has been inactive for 1-2 weeks. Time to reunite the personnel. … the Broncos were booked for six missed tackles, one each by OLB Malik Reid, CB Kyle Fuller, S Karim Jackson, DL Shamar Stephen and ILB Justin Stranad. … Drawing penalties by Jaguars were Broncos NT Mike Purcell (holding on LG Andrew Norwell) and WR Tim Patrick (five-yard holding on Shaquille Griffin and 35-yard pass interference on S Rayshaun Jenkins).