Blackmon with strong debut as Jags top SaintsAug 18, 2012 - 4:37 AM New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - There's still no Maurice Jones-Drew for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but another notable holdout, Justin Blackmon, made his NFL preseason debut Friday.
Blackmon had four receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown, while Jordan Palmer's 11-yard TD pass to Kevin Elliott on fourth down with 13 seconds left helped the Jaguars down the New Orleans Saints, 27-24, on Friday.
Blackmon, the fifth-overall selection in the NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State, signed his contract before Jacksonville's first preseason game against the New York Giants. Head coach Mike Mularkey, however, decided to sit him as he felt Blackmon had to get more acclimated to the offense.
Blaine Gabbert completed 13-of-16 passes for 112 yards and two scores, while Jones-Drew's backup, Rashad Jennings, carried the ball 11 times for 62 yards.
Drew Brees was 10-of-13 for 133 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans.
Blackmon hauled in a 16-yard touchdown to conclude Jacksonville's opening nine-play 80-yard march, and after the Saints countered with a Garrett Hartley 37-yard field goal, the Jags went ahead 14-3 two drives later when Colin Cloherty capped a lengthy 14-play, 66-yard trek with a 15-yard touchdown reception.
After Jeremy Mincey sacked Drew Brees and caused a fumble on the first play of New Orleans' ensuing drive, which Terrance Knighton recovered, Josh Scobee nailed a 36-yard field goal to make it 17-3.
Brees' final pass of the night was an eight-yard TD strike to Devery Henderson, which cut the deficit to 17-10 late in the second stanza.
A pair of Chase Daniel touchdown passes -- a 53-yarder to Josh Morgan and a 24-yarder to Travaris Cadet -- wrapped around a 47-yard Josh Scobee field goal gave New Orleans a 24-20 advantage with two minutes remaining in the final quarter.
But the Jaguars had the answer as Elliott's reception concluded a 12-play, 74- yard march.
- JACKSONVILLE: 27
NEW ORLEANS: 24
Aug 17 11:34 PM
- == Preseason == Jacksonville Touchdown - 11-yard pass from Jordan Palmer to Kevin Elliott. (
Jaguars 27, Saints 24 4th - 0:13Aug 17 11:32 PM
- == Preseason == New Orleans Touchdown - 24-yard pass from Chase Daniel to Tavaris Cadet. (Jo
Jaguars 20, Saints 24 4th - 1:53Aug 17 11:15 PM
- JACKSONVILLE: 20
NEW ORLEANS: 17
End of 3rd
Aug 17 10:43 PM
- == Preseason == Jacksonville Field Goal - 47-yarder by Josh Scobee.
Jaguars 20, Saints 17 3rd - 1:40Aug 17 10:40 PM
- == Preseason == New Orleans Touchdown - 53-yard pass from Chase Daniel to Joe Morgan. (Garre
Jaguars 17, Saints 17 3rd - 11:13Aug 17 10:17 PM
- JACKSONVILLE: 17
NEW ORLEANS: 10
Aug 17 9:43 PM
- == Preseason == New Orleans Touchdown - 8-yard pass from Drew Brees to Devery Henderson. (Jo
Jaguars 17, Saints 10 2nd - 2:55Aug 17 9:23 PM
- == Preseason == Jacksonville Field Goal - 36-yarder by Josh Scobee.
Jaguars 17, Saints 3 2nd - 7:30Aug 17 9:13 PM
- == Preseason == Jacksonville Touchdown - 15-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Cloherty.
Jaguars 14, Saints 3 2nd - 9:00Aug 17 8:57 PM
- JACKSONVILLE: 7
NEW ORLEANS: 3
End of 1st
Aug 17 8:41 PM
- == Preseason == New Orleans Field Goal - 37-yarder by Garrett Hartley.
Jaguars 7, Saints 3 1st - 6:19Aug 17 8:34 PM
- == Preseason == Jacksonville Touchdown - 16-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert to Justin Blackmon
Jaguars 7, Saints 0 1st - 9:45Aug 17 8:33 PM
- JACKSONVILLE: 0
NEW ORLEANS: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Aug 17 8:25 PM
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