Any reason for concern after Falcons Week 3 loss?

Missed tackles, dropped passes stood out in 17-6 loss to Jags

John and Hugh
August 27, 2018 - 9:15 am

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The Atlanta Falcons dropped to 0-3 in the preseason after a 17-6 loss to the Jaguars on Friday. 

Seven players were inactive for the team's "dress rehearsal" in Jacksonville: CB Desmond Trufant, FS Ricardo Allen, RB Devonta Freeman, G Ben Garland, WR WR Marvin Hall, LB Deion Jones and WR Julio Jones.

Let's talk about the good; both sides of the ball started off well. The offense scored on their opening possession, a 47-yard field goal by Matt Bryant. It was Bryant's first action of the preseason after being held out Week 1 and 2 with an undisclosed injury. 

With the mentality all offseason on creating more turnovers, the defense delivered not one but TWO interceptions in the game. And the first one came on Jacksonville's first play on offense:

Later in the third quarter, Blidi Wreh-Wilson picked off Jaguars' quarterback Blake Bortles at the goal line:

Being one of the main focuses during the preseason, Hugh said the turnovers should have the defense feeling confident heading into the season:

"That's the biggest thing I tookaway [from the game>; you're talking about against Jacksonville starting quarterback [Blake Bortles>, you got two picks early in the game. That's huge for a defense." 

Grady Jarrett and Jack Crawford also recorded sacks but that's as far as the highlights go from a rather forgettable game. 

There were dropped passes, multiple by rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley; missed tackles, one leading to a Leonard Fornette 21-yard touchdown; the defense gave up 236- yards in the first half alone; and a rough outing for rookie CB Isaiah Oliver.

"He's a second-round pick, and people are saying to cut him," John said. He was quick to add that fans were just overreacting. "They're not going to cut him; he's a second round pick. He did make a couple of nice plays in the game. I just think he's having a hard time grasping the situation right now."

One thing that we'll all continue to watch is the NFL's new helmet rule. Falcons safety Damontae Kazee got flagged for the new rule for loweing his helmet tackling Jaguars receiver Marquise Lee. 

"That wasn't an illegal hit," Hugh said. "That was a good hit. It's just unfortunate that his leg was planted in the ground when he got it...And the referees looked at that, in a knee-jerk reaction."

But back to the good news: The game doesn't count.

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