Fournette on victory over Bengals: ‘This game shouldn’t have been close’

Coming into Week 7’s showdown against the Bengals, the Jacksonville Jaguars were on their heels after losing two straight, but fortunately for Jacksonville, the Bengals are an awful football team. Bengals QB Andy Dalton would throw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, and the Jaguars would go on the road and defeat the Bengals 27-17 on Sunday.

The Jaguars were able to defeat the Bengals because of an opportunistic defense that created four turnovers and the play of running back Leonard Fournette. The third-year back had 29 carries for 131 yards against Cincinnati, and he punished the Bengals’ defense.

“They didn’t want to tackle on the first drive,” Fournette said. “We’ve just got to find better ways to execute. The running game did a good job, but when we get in the red zone, we have to score. This game shouldn’t have been close. We felt it.”

According to Fournette, Sunday’s game against the Bengals was a game the team had to have to keep the season alive.

“Yeah, it was a must-have,” Fournette said. “We’re trying to get back to that .500 mark before the bye. But now we’ve got the Jets coming up and then Houston. We’re just getting ready. We know those teams aren’t going to hold back on us. We know it’s going to be a fight each and every game. We’ve got to continue to get better.”

After a slow start, Fournette is starting to pick it up. In the first three games of the season, Fournette had 179 yards on the ground, but in the last four games, Fournette has rushed for 536 yards.

“I had a tough offseason — I got arrested, and things like that,” Fournette said. “Like I say, you have to find ways to get past a lot of the negatives and turn them into positives. Even at the beginning of the season — the first three games was a bit of a slump for me. I took the time with the offensive line to try and develop a better relationship — me understanding those guys and them understanding me, and just where we all come from.”

The Jaguars have to be happy to be 3-4 after seven games, especially after losing Nick Foles in Week 1 and trading away Jalen Ramsey. It should be interesting to see how the final nine games shake out for this football team, but for now, they have very winnable game against the Jets next Sunday.

Marrone on Minshew: ‘I think that he showed he got better from the week before’

Last week, Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew, who started in place of Nick Foles against the Ravens, had a lot of struggles, as he completed only 7 of 14 passes for 46 yards in a 29-0 loss to Baltimore.

What a difference a week makes. Against the Eagles on Thursday night, Minshew, who was selected by the Jaguars in the sixth round out of Washington State in this year’s draft, again got the start, and this time, he looked like a different guy.

In three quarters of action, he completed 19 of 29 passes for 202 yards, and while the Jaguars would lose to the visiting Eagles 24-10 at TIAA Stadium, Minshew was a bright spot for the team.

“With Gardner [Minshew] tonight I was happy,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said after the game. “He got us out of four things that a lot of young quarterbacks are not going to be able to do. He’s a bright kid, a smart kid. I think that he showed he got better from the week before.

According to Minshew, he felt much more comfortable this week against the Eagles.

“Going back and watching the film, seeing that we weren’t that far off and we’re even closer still,” Minshew said. “We still got a lot of things we can do better. Definitely getting a lot more confident…

“The more reps you get, the more comfortable it is. The less foreign it is to you and hopefully continues to get easier from here.”

Although Minshew only led the Jaguars on one scoring drive, which was a field goal, the team has to be happy with what they saw out of Minshew, especially considering how he looks against the Ravens the week before.

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Jaguars add 21 undrafted rookie free agents

 The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with the following 21 undrafted rookie free agents, the club announced today:

Shane Bowman DE 6-4 290 Washington
Tyre Brady WR 6-3 211 Marshall
Khairi Clark DT 6-1 309 Florida
Donnell Greene OL 6-5 335 Minnesota
Joe Giles-Harris LB 6-2 234 Duke
Tae Hayes CB 5-9 188 Appalachian State
Raphael Leonard WR 6-2 197 Southern Illinois
Carson Meier TE 6-5 254 Oklahoma
Picasso Nelson Jr. CB 5-10 193 Southern Mississippi
Marquez Sanford CB 5-10 189 Murray State
Saivion Smith CB 6-1 199 Alabama
Dredrick Snelson WR 5-11 189 UCF
Bunchy Stallings OG 6-2 324 Kentucky
Connor Strachan LB 6-0 230 Boston College
Michael Walker WR 5-11 194 Boston College
Brandon Watson CB 5-11 198 Michigan
Papi White WR 5-8 188 Ohio
Andrew Williams DT 6-4 294 Auburn
Andrew Wingard S 6-0 209 Wyoming
Zedrick Woods S 5-11 205 Ole Miss
Roderick Young DT 6-1 307 North Texas