Upon Further Review
1. As soon as coach Vic Fangio rushed ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Bryce Callahan and S Justin Simmons on consecutive drop-backs during Jacksonville’s first series, you knew he had some wrinkles to present to rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. OLBs Bradley Chubb and Von Miller occasionally dropped into coverage and the entire defense took away the middle of the field from Lawrence. He was 5-of-7 passing for 73 yards on the opening drive … and 9 of 26 for 45 yards after. The Broncos rushed five players on 10 of Lawrence’s drop-backs; he was 1 of 9 for four yards and two interceptions against extra rushers.
2. RB Javonte Williams rushed 13 times for 64 yards and showed eye-popping ability. His first carry went for nine yards, including seven after contact when LB Myles Jack missed the tackle. His 16-yard carry was a tour de force. S Rayshawn Jenkins missed at the 25-yard line, S Andrew Wingard at the 29, DL Roy Robertson-Harris at the 27, and Jack at the 31. Williams’ 14-yard carry in the fourth quarter converted a third-and-8. QB Teddy Bridgewater said he checked into the run play to the left and Williams benefited from a block by pulling RG Netane Muti.
3. The Jaguars’ offensive line held up well against the Broncos’ pass rush. We charted the defense with one sack and two knockdowns and pressures apiece. Miller’s sack was schemed up well – – he originally took a wide path before darting inside for the sack in 2.84 seconds when RT Jawaan Taylor and RG Ben Bartsch couldn’t recover to block him. Miller also had 1 1/2 pressures.
4. Jacksonville rushed five more players on 10 of Bridgewater’s 40 drop-backs and totaled nine “disruptions.” The three sacks were in 5.03, 5.50 (coverage) and 2.77 seconds. Josh Allen’s sack was a near-freebie when LT Garett Bolles blocked down and didn’t kick out quickly enough. Muti, filling in for RG Graham Glasgow, allowed the final sack to Adam Gotsis.
5. Aside from Williams’ three carries of seven, 16 and 14, the Broncos’ run game was slow to fire. RB Melvin Gordon gained only 31 yards on 13 attempts (long of eight). We booked the 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 fine 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 Saubert appeared to be blocked from behind, ILB Baron Browning dove for a missed tackle and CB Mike Ford over-ran Agnew just before the end zone. It was tied for the fifth-longest kick return touchdown allowed in Broncos history.
Four Key Numbers
The Broncos’ time of possession, their most since 39:22 against New Orleans on Nov. 13, 2016.
Snaps by the Broncos’ offense that included at least two tight ends — 18 of two-TE and 12 of three-TE personnel.
Quarterbacks that Broncos OLB Von Miller has posted at least half-sack against in his career after his sack of Trevor Lawrence.
Red zone snaps for the Jaguars, the first time for a Broncos opponent since Oakland on Oct. 1, 2017.
Playing time review. The skill-position leaders offensively were WR Courtland Sutton and TE Noah Fant (53 out of 69), WR Tim Patrick (51), WR KJ Hamler (49), RB Melvin Gordon (41), TE Albert Okwuegbunam (37) and RB Javonte Williams (28). On defense, CB Pat Surtain II played all 53 snaps in his first start and 17 players had at least 13 snaps of work. OLB Bradley Chubb played 19 first-half snaps before aggravating his ankle injury. S Caden Sterns played 14 snaps in dime personnel and ILB Justin Strnad played 23 snaps after Josey Jewell was injured.
Third down issues. The Broncos crashed back down to earth on third down after converting seven of 15 against the Giants. They went 2 of 11 against the Jaguars and faced an average distance of 8.3 yards to go. That is asking for trouble or a punt. The two conversions were a third-and-6 catch by Sutton (16 yards) and a third-and-8 run by Williams (14 yards).
Busy day for Fuller, Surtain. The Jaguars weren’t shy about challenging Surtain and CB Kyle Fuller. In man coverage, Trevor Lawrence was 3-of-5 passing for 30 yards and an interception plus a 36-yard pass interference call against Surtain. Surtain’s other pass break-up came when he peeled off his coverage assignment. Lawrence was 2 of 9 for 31 yards (25-yard touchdown) against Fuller, who had a third-down penalty (bad call).
A no-brainer way to improve the special teams is activating TE/FB Andrew Beck for the Jets game. Praised during training camp as a core special teams player, Beck has been inactive in Weeks 1-2. Time to mix up the personnel. … The Broncos were booked for six missed tackles, one apiece by OLB Malik Reed, CB Kyle Fuller, S Kareem Jackson, DL Shamar Stephen and ILB Justin Strnad. … Drawing penalties by the Jaguars were Broncos NT Mike Purcell (holding on LG Andrew Norwell) and WR Tim Patrick (five-yard holding on Shaquill Griffin and 35-yard pass interference on S Rayshawn Jenkins).