The Jaguars starters played for about one quarter, but Thursday night belonged to the backups on the Jags roster that were fighting for a spot on the final 53-man roster.
Here are three guys I believe whose performance on Thursday night earned them a spot on the Jaguars roster.
WR Kevin Elliott
Undrafted rookie Kevin Elliott made perhaps the biggest play of the night when he took a slant pass from quarterback Chad Henne and turned it into a 77-yard touchdown. Elliott also made another big play this preseason when he caught a last second jump ball in the end zone to beat the New Orleans Saints.
Elliott has great speed and will be an immediate contributor on the Jaguars special teams units which only helps his case for a spot on the roster. He is a roster lock if the Jaguars decide to keep six receivers, but should have the edge over Brian Robiskie if the Jags decide to keep only five receivers.
RB Jalen Parmele
Jalen Parmele has been solid this preseason for the Jaguars. On Thursday night he solidified his roster spot with a six carries for 56 yard performance.
Parmele also showed his value as a kick returner this preseason. If Maurice Jones-Drew continues his holdout into the regular season, Parmele will start the season as Rashad Jennings’ primary backup.
LB J.K. Schaffer
The Jaguars had several young linebackers fighting for a spot on the roster on Thursday night, but Schaffer made the biggest splash.
Schaffer made perhaps the biggest impact play for the Jaguars defense when he dropped back into coverage and intercepted a Dominique Davis pass and returned it 15 yards. As a reserve linebacker, Schaffer will likely make his biggest impact on special teams if he makes the roster.