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Jaguars beat Vikings 14-10 in defense-dominated exhibition

Yannick Ngakoue had an 11-yard sack that helped Jacksonville's defense hold Kirk Cousins and Minnesota's starting offense to three completions and three points, and the Jaguars reserves rallied for a 14-10 victory over the Vikings on Saturday.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Lot of reps for TE Niles Paul with Austin Seferian-Jenkins held out. Paul finished with two catches for 18 yards and committed a helmet penalty. Paul also lined up at fullback some. Does that mean TB Tommy Bohanon is in danger of losing his job? Probably not, but having Paul in the backfield does give the Jaguars a better receiving option from the position.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The punt return competition is not any clearer after Saturday's victory over Minnesota. Both Rashad Greene and Dede Westbrook had long punt returns against the Vikings, though Westbrook's 50-yarder was wiped out by an illegal block penalty on WR Donte Moncrief (that block was unneeded because Mickens was already free). Greene's 56-yard return to the Minnesota 4-yard line set up the Jaguars' game-winning touchdown. The competition will continue for at least another week. If Greene or Westbrook win the job they'll be the team's sixth receiver -- though the Jaguars could opt to go with five receivers if Westbrook wins the job.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Yannick Ngakoue appears headed for a monster year. The third-year player had one sack, four tackles, and was essentially unblockable at times during the first half of Saturday's game. Ngakoue did negate his sack with a celebration penalty so that's something that he'll have to be careful of going forward, but other than that it was a dominating performance for a player who practices and plays with a massive chip on his shoulder because he wasn't a first-round pick. Ngakoue has 20 career sacks and 10 forced fumbles in two seasons. He had 12 sacks and six forced fumbles last year but was overshadowed a bit by teammate Calais Campbell. That may not be the case in 2018.

Bortles has rough outing vs. Vikings defense (0:48)
Fournette punches it in (0:15)

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jaguars have out-gained the Vikings 191-67 but lead only 7-3 at halftime, largely because of 10 penalties for 110 yards. The defense has held Vikings QBs to just 6-of-15 passing for just 17 yards (Kirk Cousins was 3 of 8 for 12 yards). Most of the defensive starters played into the second quarter and the linebackers and some of the DL played the entire first half. Good showing for the unit, which is missing CB Jalen Ramsey, DE Dante Fowler, DT Taven Bryan. One of the players that stood out was CB Tyler Patmon. He started in Ramsey's place and had a tackle and two pass breakups.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars say C Brandon Linder is questionable to return with a knee injury. Tyler Shatley now snapping.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Sloppy first quarter: six penalties and an interception. Another pass should have been picked off, too. Getting that delay of game penalty on first-and-5 from the 5 is inexcusable, even for the preseason. Offense mounted a good drive late thanks to involving the backs in the pass game, which is something that should be a big part of the offense. Jags seem to be a pretty good screen team now. Defense has performed as expected, with a sack and forced fumble.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

That's the first time a Jaguars player has been penalized because of the new helmet rule. CB A.J. Bouye lowered his head when trying to tackle RB C.J. Ham. It looked like Bouye felt he was in good position and Ham ran into him but on the replay Bouye did duck his head. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said last week he was pleased the team didn't get flagged for a helmet penalty in the season opener. "We have been emphasizing it quite a bit. It is good to see that because at the end of the day, you want that player safety and we want to coach that way," Marrone said. "We want to get certain plays out of the game, which lowering your helmet is the priority. I think it is going to make it a better game and no one is going to lose sight of how physical it can be."

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars announce the following players will not dress against the Vikings: S Cody Davis, S Tashaun Gipson, DT Eli Ankou, LB Brooks Ellis, OL Andrew Norwell, OL Jermey Parnell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DL Taven Bryan, DE Dawaune Smoot, and DT Marcell Dareus.

Stephen A.: Ramsey is 'bulletproof' with QB criticisms (1:11)

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone expressed his condolences to Jeanette Sparano, wife of the late Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano. Their son, Tony Sparano Jr., is an assistant offense line coach on the Jaguars' staff.

Bomani: Ramsey on-point with some QB criticisms (1:58)
Kellerman likes Ramsey speaking his mind about QBs (0:47)

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Today is sure to be emotional for Jaguars assistant offensive line coach Tony Sparano, Jr. He was supposed to be coaching on the same field as his father when the Jaguars have joint practices with Minnesota, but instead he'll be mourning the passing of his father, who died unexpectedly on July 22. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he gave Sparano, Jr., the option of not making the trip to Minnesota if he felt it would be too tough, but Sparano, Jr., is with the team. "We talked about it. I [asked], ‘Hey, what do you feel is best for you? We are going to support you either way,'" Marrone said. "He's going through a tough time. It is not just him, individually. It's his family, his mom and there is a lot going on. I want to make sure I am there to support him. We will do whatever we have to do to make sure we are doing the right thing for his family. That is how I look at it. I never want to look back on anything – and I try tell this to players, I try to tell it to coaches – you don't want to look back after things occur and have any type of regrets. I think living life like that in anything that you do is very difficult. I just want to make sure everything is covered and whatever support he needs from me, I am there for him."

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills QB Josh Allen responded Wednesday to critical comments made by Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey to GQ, saying, "That's the first I've heard of it. He's not on my team, he's not my teammate. It don't bother me."

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Ramsey on QBs: Allen 'trash,' Ryan 'overrated'

Jalen Ramsey didn't hold back when asked his opinions of the NFL's quarterbacks, telling GQ magazine that Josh Allen is "trash" and Matt Ryan is "overrated."

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars DT Aby Jones said he doesn't expect there to be any lingering issues between DEs Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue after the multiple altercations between the two on Sunday. "It's just brothers being brothers," Jones said. "That's all pretty much [what] I can equate it to. I mean, the same passion that you saw there is the same passion they have on Sunday. There was no problem. The only problem that we had is that it wasn't in a controlled environment. We like to control everything that's on this team so that's the only problem that we had." Fowler was suspended from all team activities for the week and will return on Monday.

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