JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jalen Ramsey will certainly make the Jacksonville Jaguars' pass defense better, but it's apparent he's also going to help improve the run defense, too. Ramsey made three tackles in only two series -- including one for a 6-yard loss -- during the Jaguars' 27-21 loss to Tampa Bay at EverBank Field on Saturday night.
Ramsey's size (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) has always been mentioned as a plus in terms of coverage, especially when it comes to handling bigger receivers and tight ends. It served him well in run support at Florida State, too, and when Ramsey is paired with Prince Amukamara (6-0, 202 pounds) it gives the Jaguars two physical corners that will be a big help against the run.
Ramsey did a solid job in coverage, too. He lined up against Bucs receiver Mike Evans (6-5, 231 pounds) several times on the Bucs' second possession and was physical with the bigger Evans. Both passes Jameis Winston threw toward Evans were incomplete with Ramsey in coverage.
"I think I did pretty well," Ramsey said. "I always have to watch the film and see how I truly did. Just coming off the game, I think I did really well."
QB depth chart: Blake Bortles had another good day, completing 8 of 11 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns -- a 14-yarder to running back T.J. Yeldon and a 24-yarder to receiver Allen Hurns. Through two preseason games, Bortles has completed 14 of 18 passes for 190 yards and two TDs. He has been sacked only once. Chad Henne, however, had a rough night. He completed just 4 of 10 passes for 33 yards and threw two interceptions, including one with less than 10 seconds left in the first half that set up a Bucs field goal. Third-teamer Brandon Allen was even worse: 0-for-3 with an interception.
Maybe that dude could start: Guard Mackenzy Bernadeau has not exactly been impressive in training camp and he committed a false start penalty on the first-team offense's first snap, but he went on to have a solid day against the Bucs. That's good news for the Jaguars because they might need him to be the starter at left guard when the regular season begins. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum sat out his second preseason game as he continues to rehab his left ACL. The Jaguars say Beachum is making progress but he's running out of time to get back on the field to prepare for the Sept. 11 season opener against Green Bay. The loser of the Beachum-Luke Joeckel battle was expected to be the left guard, but if Beachum can't go, Joeckel will start at left tackle and the Jaguars will need someone to step in at guard. Chris Reed made his case against the New York Jets and Bernadeau made his against the Bucs.
Who got hurt? Free safety Peyton Thompson was evaluated for a concussion after breaking up a pass in the second half. Defensive tackle Abry Jones suffered a quad injury in the second half. Cornerback Nick Marshall suffered a finger injury in the second half. Defensive tackle Roy Miller (quad), defensive tackle Sheldon Day (back), defensive tackle Michael Bennett (back), and safety James Sample (shoulder) did not play.
A surprise player who impressed: The Jaguars' first forced turnover of the preseason came from a guy fighting for a roster spot. Cornerback Dwayne Gratz made a diving catch on a ball that deflected off tight end Cam Brate's hands and it set up the Jaguars on the Tampa 42-yard line. Six plays later the Jaguars led 7-0. Gratz has been working at outside corner and nickel back because of the impending four-game suspension of nickel back Aaron Colvin for violating the league's PED policy. Gratz likely has the lead on being the guy who makes the roster in Colvin's place, but whether he sticks on the roster or not when Colvin returns will depend on how well he performs throughout the rest of the preseason and first four weeks. The interception will certainly help.
When it was starters vs starters the Jaguars looked: Like the run game is going to be productive in 2016. Granted, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (ankle) did not play, but the Jaguars' first-team offense was able to rush for 43 yards on nine carries (4.8 per carry). Take away a 3-yard run by Bortles, and Yeldon and Chris Ivory combined to rush for 40 yards on eight carries. The Jaguars' offensive line had center Brandon Linder, who missed last week's game because of a groin injury, back in the starting lineup. Through two preseason games, Yeldon has rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown on six carries (he also has a TD reception) and Ivory has rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. "The better they are, the better the passing game is going to be," Bortles said. "Those two are going to be a hell of a duo. The offensive line did a really good job letting those guys run and making holes for them. The better those guys are, the more we're going to be able to be successful with play-action and in the passing game."
One reason to be concerned: The Jaguars were pretty sloppy in terms of penalties. The team committed 13 for 121 yards, including four on third downs that extended Bucs drives in the first half. Two came on the Bucs' first possession. Linebacker Telvin Smith committed a personal foul, and safety Johnathan Cyprien was penalized for pass interference. Those didn't result in points, though, because Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo missed a 33-yard field goal attempt wide right. In addition, there were four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the coaches from both teams for coming out onto the field.
Benched? It appeared that cornerback Davon House, who led the team with four interceptions and a franchise-record 23 pass breakups last season, might have been pulled from the game after missing a couple of tackles on the Bucs' first possession. Amukamara replaced him in the lineup and House went back onto the field with the Jaguars' second-team defense for the Bucs' third offensive possession. House has had a great training camp and is arguably the Jaguars' best cornerback, but defensive coordinator Todd Wash is big on accountability and missing tackles might have been enough to get him benched.