By Mike Bonts, Florida Sports Wire
DETROIT – In an NFL preseason game to fortify the Jaguars depth, Jacksonville defeated the Lions 25-7 in Detroit.
Most starters sat against the Lions. Saturday was the last chance for many players to showcase their talents outside practice before cut day. Walker Little played some at left guard.
“Good, good. Because we played so many of our younger backups and even some of third-string guys today, I thought that they played really hard,” Jacksonville head coach Doug Pederson said. “They played physical, it was good to see. It wasn’t perfect, but I really felt like overall offense and defense did a nice job today.”
Teddy Bridgewater started at quarterback for Detroit. The Lions went four and out on their initial possession. Bridgewater was under pressure the entire series, highlighted by a sack by Jeremiah Ledbetter for a nine-yard loss.
Bridgewater was 5 of 11 passing for 34 yards. Nate Sudfeld came on in relief on the final series of the second quarter.
He threw an interception to Gregory Junior who returned it 37 yards to the Detroit 18. Parker Washinton caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback C.J. Beathard.
Beathard was 12 of 20 passing for 138 yards and one interception.
First-year running back Tank Bigsby carried most of the load in the first half. Bigsby ran for 70 yards on 13 carries.
“He still has some room to grow, obviously. There are some things we can show him on tape and he’s just continuing to get better. We wanted to see extensive reps with him today, and again, this is the first time some of these guys have played this much football,” Pederson said of Bigsby. “You see the physicality, the conditioning, the mental capacity, but I thought he did some really good things for us and some things we can correct and continue to improve.”
Jacksonville struck first on a 40-yard Brandon McManus field goal at 6:15 of the first quarter. Rookie Cooper Hodges injured his right knee on the play. He didn’t return.
McManus added a 28-yarder with 4:53 to play in the first half.
The Lions scored on a fourth-down play at the Jaguars one with 8:37 to play in the third quarter. Sudfeld threw a TD pass to Chase Cota. Sudfeld was 9 of 18 passing for 80 yards.
QB Nathan Rourke started the second half for the Jaguars. Former USF running back D’Ernest Johnson scored twice in the game.
First on a one-yard run. Then on a 15-yard score, set up by undrafted rookie Elijah Cooks’ 47-yard reception from Rourke.
Johnson has six carries for 36 yards. Rourke finished 9 of 11 passing for 112 yards.
The final preseason game is Saturday night when the Jaguars host the Miami Dolphins.
Jaguars Notes: Tim Jones caught a 48-yard pass from Beathard in the first quarter… Caleb Johnson had sack causing a Bridgewater fumble he returned for 33 yards…Lions were 0 for 9 on third down through three quarters…The Jaguars committed four penalties in first quarter.
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(Photo by Jeff Nguyen/Detroit Lions)