The Ravens know a little something about defense, and a stingy Jags unit could use a similar approach to derail Tom Brady and the Patriots.
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The Jaguars DE is buried in a defense full of stars, but the undersized Ngakoue gets his chance to become a household name against the Patriots.
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The fact that Tom Brady didn't practice Thursday highlights how his right hand injury, sustained Wednesday, isn't something to dismiss outright.
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Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer
Jaguars-Patriots game status report. Probably creating quite the stir in New England.
The Jaguars' Josh Lambo, who wears a fedora on road trips in honor of his grandfather, said the Panthers QB's custom-made hats just aren't for him.
When the season kicked off in September, the Jaguars had attracted the fewest bets to win the Super Bowl of any team at multiple sportsbooks. There were more Super Bowl bets on the Cleveland Browns than the Jaguars, and twice as many at some places.
The Jaguars fully expect to go against Tom Brady on Sunday, but backup Brian Hoyer has a good track record against Jacksonville in his career.
Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer
Here's how the Jags can use first down play-action to open up an inside throwing window for QB Blake Bortles vs. the Patriots (see example below). With two tight end personnel on the field (Y,U), and both receivers (Z,X) aligned in reduced splits, this is a run-alert for the defense. Show the ball to RB Leonard Fournette (H) and clear-out the FS with WR Dede Westbrook (X) on the deep post. With the linebackers now removed (playing the run), and the FS occupied, there is an open window for WR Marqise Lee (Z) to run the dig route (square-in). And that's a high-percentage throw for Bortles to pick up a quick 15-20 yards.
Patriots QB Tom Brady, wearing red gloves on both hands, said he isn't talking about his injured right hand, saying "We'll see" concerning his status for the AFC Championship Game.
Tashaun Gipson practiced on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a foot injury against the Steelers on Sunday, but the Jaguars are hopeful he'll play vs. the Patriots.
David Newton ESPN Staff Writer
Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey says a few people in New England tried to "gas me up" after he predicted Jacksonville would be in the Super Bowl.
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Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer
Jaguars S Tashaun Gipson returned to practice on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a right foot injury. Would expect him to be listed as questionable on the game status report that will be released later today.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick barely addressed quarterback Tom Brady's injured right hand during a news conference on Friday morning.
Tom Brady clearly has the edge in each category, but Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Blake Bortles have proven they can win, and that's all that matters.