A 24-10 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was a slight upgrade from last week's shutout loss at Baltimore, and there was no more positive sign than seeing backup quarterback Gardner Minshew make some tough throws while under consistent pressure.

After a dreadful all-around offensive performance in their preseason debut, the most encouraging takeaway for the Jaguars in Thursday’s 24-10 preseason loss Thursday night to the Philadelphia Eagles was the upgrade from rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew.

Despite shaky first-half pass protection from tackles Cedric Ogbeuhi and then Ben Injala, the sixth-round draft pick managed to get off some terrific throws. It happened twice when getting hit as he released the ball, and another time with a defender clawing at his body.

Minshew played three quarters, completing 19 of 29 passes for 202 yards. Considering the Jaguars managed just 112 yards total offense last week in a 29-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, this outing has to make the coaching staff feel a little more at ease about the insurance policy behind starter Nick Foles.

A huge bright spot was Minshew completed three passes of 20-plus yards to Tre McBride, Michael Walker and C.J. Board. The latter set up the Jaguars’ first preseason points, which came on a Josh Lambo 36-yard field goal near the end of the first half.

With the Jaguars again electing to sit nearly all of their starters, Minshew faced consistent pressure in the first half, getting sacked three times and losing a fumble that killed a promising drive. He also did a nice job of getting rid of the ball on his first and third pass attempt of the game to avoid sacks.

Minshew’s best throw came on a third-and-7, delivering the 20-yarder to Board as he was getting hit. The same drive began with Minshew connecting for 25 yards to a wide open Walker.

As he showed last week, Minshew demonstrated toughness in the pocket, but his numbers improved significantly because his receivers did a better job at gaining separation.

 

Here’s a glimpse into how the rest of the Jaguars looked in this Up-Down drill:

 

Down: Touchdown nullification. For the second consecutive week, a Jaguars’ TD was called back by a penalty. A 38-yard screen pass to McBride could have been nullified by two penalties, either holding by tackle Leonard Wester or a block in the back by tight end Ben Koyack, which was the infraction accepted.

 

Up: McBride. While he faces an uphill battle to land on the 53-man roster, the fourth-year receiver continues to make his case to have a job somewhere. McBride has had the most impressive camp among the no-name receivers and showed under the lights he can also make plays.

 

Down: Yellow flags. It was every bit as bad as last week when the Jaguars were flagged 10 times for 109 yards. This time, they accumulated 12 penalties for 119 yards. It's the senseless infractions that have to stop. Defensive lineman Lyndon Johnson kept an Eagles drive going in the third quarter with an unnecessary roughing-the-passer penalty where he should have been able to avoid it.

 

Up: Logan Cooke. The Jaguars’ punter continues to strike a good balance between flipping the field to get his team out of bad position, but also pinning opponents deep when the offense at least gets the ball to around midfield.

 

Down: C.J. Reavis. After having a strong camp and threatening to possibly take away safety Jarrod Wilson’s job, Reavis had an embarrassing lowlight in coverage. He allowed Eagles’ third-team receiver Greg Ward to catch a 38-yard TD, though he was initially in position to break up the play. “I should have played the man, not the ball,” said Reavis.

 

Up: Alex McGough. The third-team quarterback’s speed and quick feet allows him to be a credible escape artist. After taking a hard sack, McGough scrambled for a 17-yard gain to move the chains. Another play, he pirouetted away from pressure and unleashed a 50-yard bomb for Raphael Leonard that was right on target, but safety Blake Countess broke it up at the last second. McGough also got the Jaguars into the end zone for the first time this preseason on a 4-yard scramble.

 

Up: A Dawuane Smoot sighting. With Smoot threatening to become the first draft pick in the Tom Coughlin front-office era to be released, the defensive end got the Jaguars’ only sack, teaming with  Johnson, to put Eagles’ quarterback Clayton Thorson on the ground.

 

Down: Taven Bryan. After getting some pass-rush push against the Ravens, he didn’t flash as much during his three series against Philly’s backup offensive line. Head coach Doug Marrone praised Bryan earlier this week, but he didn’t do much to earn compliments on this night.

 

Down: Alfred Blue injury. On the Jaguars’ second series, Blue hobbled off the field with what appeared to be an ankle injury and did not return. With Ryquell Armstead also sidelined by a concussion, the running back depth behind Leonard Fournette is getting thin.

 

Up: Breon Borders. The second-year cornerback flashed in the first quarter with two pass breakups on Thorson sideline throws intended for Charles Johnson.

 

Up: Just six more days until we get to see Foles and the rest of the starters against the Miami Dolphins, for however long Marrone elects to play them. It’ll be the only action they get in preseason games.