New York Jets safety Jamal Adams and Leonard Fournette are ready to duke it out on Sunday. Here are all of those details.
The New York Jets are looking for a bounce-back vs the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday after a brutal showing on Monday Night Football.
Also, an underlying storyline in this game features two former LSU teammates ready to duke it out on the field in Jamal Adams and Leonard Fournette. Both players spent three years with the Tigers (2014-16) and became first-round draft picks.
We got a chance to sit down with the folks over at Black and Teal, our FanSided sister network covering all things Jacksonville Jaguars to talk about that interesting storyline and the other top questions ahead of this AFC matchup on Sunday.
1. Is this Gardner Minshew’s team even when Nick Foles comes back healthy? Give us the details on Minshew Mania.
The $64,000 question. I’m not sure Foles loses his job because of injury. I was discussing this with my girlfriend the other night. The Jaguars have invested $88 million in Foles and Minshew has been a marketing gold mine for this franchise. Foles is a veteran who adds experience to the position. Minshew adds moxie. Foles cannot play until Week 11. If the Jaguars are 4-5 or 5-4 when he is eligible to start, the coaching staff will have a tough decision to make. Ideally, I think the Jaguars start Foles and find a way to bring Minshew in to play a few snaps a game while he continues to develop.
2. Have things gone according to plan so far this season? What are the expectations for the rest of the way?
This is a team that can make the playoffs if they run the football and play defense like it did last week against the Bengals. The offense is good when it can run to set up the pass. Leonard Fournette is having his best season as a pro. The wide receivers are better than many of us thought they would be. I don’t know if this was how it “was supposed to be” given Foles injury, but 3-4 right now is OK, but they could have beaten Houston in Week 2 and should have beaten New Orleans given the defensive showing.
3. Jalen Ramsey is considered one of the best players in the league, yet the Jaguars traded him? Why did that happen, do you guys like the haul you received, and what is the current situation at cornerback?
The Jaguars had no other choice but to trade Ramsey, which the organization has quickly moved on from the disgruntled and immature cornerback. This has been brewing since before the start of training camp. In terms of the draft picks the team received as compensation, it could not have worked out better for the front office to have draft capital for the future. As for his replacement, Tre Herndon is still a work in progress but is getting better each week.
4. What’s the blueprint to beating the Jaguars? What do the Jets have to do to secure victory?
The Jaguars’ running game is their bread and butter. Stop Fournette and you have a good chance of winning the game. After the Minshew Magic slowed down, he showed signs of being a rookie. If you can rattle him in the pocket, he could continue his bout of inconsistency. He also needs to take better care of the football as fumbles have been an issue for him.
5. Give us a prediction, how do you see this one playing out?
I see the Jaguars winning this game, but the offense must get off to a better start than it did against Cincinnati. Minshew must play with more consistency. The run game must continue to set up the pass. This could be a huge day offensively if the team improves on penalties and runs Fournette off the left side of the offensive line. Jaguars 31-10.