Miscues plague Jaguars in season-opening loss to Texans

John Reid
Florida Times-Union

HOUSTON — Throughout training camp and the preseason, Jaguars coach Urban Meyer put an emphasis on players paying attention to detail and avoiding mental mistakes.

In Sunday's season-opening 37-21 loss to the Houston Texans, the Jaguars looked much like the team last season that stumbled for 15 consecutive weeks before finishing 1-15. 

They couldn't get out of their own way from lining up wrong to having 12 players in the huddle during one sequence. They were also penalized 10 times for 82 yards.

Jaguars receivers also had several passes bounce off their hands. 

''We've all gotten our —— kicked before; let's tighten up and go," Meyer said. "I believe in this team. I believe in our staff. We'll come back to work. I believe in those guys."

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws a pass in the first quarter against Houston.

Run defense struggles continue

The Jaguars looked good stopping the run in the preseason, but they couldn't carry it over against the Texans. Houston finished with 160 yards rushing on 41 carries. They averaged 3.9 yards per carry and and veteran Mark Ingram caused the Jaguars the most problems, finishing with 85 yards on 26 carries.  

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Trevor Lawrence sets rookie yardage mark

In his first career start, quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 28-of-51 passes for 332 yards. His 332 passing yards are fourth-most in a single game by a Jaguars rookie in franchise history.

The 332 yards were the most by a Jaguars rookie in their first career game, and his 28 completions were the fourth-most in a single game by a rookie.

Lawrence is the only rookie in franchise history to throw for 300-plus yards and at least

three TDs in a single game and is one of nine players in NFL history to throw for 300-

plus yards and three TDs in their first career start.

Josh Allen gets 14th career sack

Defensive end/outside linebacker Josh Allen finished with five tackles, including one sack, the 14th of his career. Allen joins former Jaguars Yannick Ngakoue and DE Tony Brackens as the only players in franchise history to have at least 14.0 sacks in their first 25 career games.

DJ Chark leads receivers

Wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. caught three passes for a team-high 86 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown. Chark, who has scored a TD in three consecutive season-opening contests, now has 14 receiving TDs in his career.

James Robinson extends streak

Running back James Robinson recorded 54 scrimmage yards (25 rushing and 29 receiving yards), marking his 15th consecutive game with at least 50 scrimmage yards.

Robinson, who has tallied 50-plus scrimmage yards in every game in his NFL career, has 1,468 career scrimmage yards and joins former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor as the only players in franchise history with at least 1,450 scrimmage yards through 15 career games. Carlos Hyde, though, started the second half ahead of Robinson.

Laviska Shenault earns milestone

With seven receptions against the Texans, wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. became the fastest player (15 games) to reach 60 receptions in franchise history. After his 9-yard carry in the second quarter, he became the fourth wide receiver in franchise history to reach 100 rushing yards for his career.

He is the fastest wide receiver to 100 rushing yards in team history and the first wide receiver in the NFL drafted in 2020 to reach 100 rushing yards.

Myles Jack tops in tackles

Linebacker Myles Jack posted a team-leading nine tackles, marking his 10th consecutive game with at least five tackles. Jack started 14 games for the Jaguars in 2020 and posted a career-best 118 tackles, including 11 tackles in Week 9 at Houston.

Malcom Brown ties career high

In his first game with the Jaguars, DT Malcom Brown tied his career-high with seven

tackles. Brown’s seven tackles were tied with LB Damien Wilson for the second-most

on the team.

Little begins season on inactive list

Rookie Walker Little was projected to push veteran Cam Robinson for the starting left tackle spot, but in Sunday’s season opener against the Texans he was among the team's seven inactives.

Joining Little on the list were rookies defensive tackle Jay Tufele and defensive end/outside linebacker Jordan Smith. Cornerback Tre Herndon, who is recovering from a MCL sprain, was on the list with second-year safety Daniel Thomas, defensive end Adam Gotsis and veteran tight end Jacob Hollister, who was signed on Sept. 3.

The Texans' inactives were safety Lonnie Johnson Jr., wide receiver Anthony Miller, quarterback Deshaun Watson, tight end Brevin Jordan, defensive back Jimmy Moreland, running back Scottie Phillips, defensive end Jonathan Greenard and Kevin Pierre-Louis, their starting outside linebacker.

Cheap tickets

With most projections having the Texans finishing last in the AFC South, it likely was a factor why Sunday’s opener wasn’t a hot ticket item in Houston Sunday. About five hours before kickoff, tickets were selling as low as $17 on Stubhub.com and $21 on Ticketmaster.com.

A substantial number of Jaguars fans made the trip to Houston. The announced crowd Sunday at NRG Stadium was 68,105, but there was a substantial amount of empty seats.