The Jaguars offense had another relativley lackluster offensive night on Thursday but Gardner Minshew II and Tre McBride turn in several big plays.

Minshew to McBride has a nice, lyrical sound to it.

In an otherwise lackluster performance for the Jaguars’ offense on Thursday in their 24-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason game at TIAA Bank Field, the combination hit a few sweet notes.

Jags second-team rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II, who got his second start of the preseason, connected with fourth-year wide receiver and free-agent signee Tre McBride four times for 47 yards in the first half. McBride tied C.J. Board for the most receptions before the break, and led receivers on both teams in yards.

“We were lighting it up,” McBride said.

Minshew, who completed 19 of 29 passes for  202 yards, said it’s helped that McBride is a veteran.

And it should have been five catches for 78 yards, and what appeared to be the first touchdown of the preseason for the Jags.

On second-and-four at the Eagles’ 36 with 5:21 left in the second quarter, Minshew hit McBride with a short pass on the right and McBride cut to the middle and eluded all efforts to tackle him on the way to the end zone.

“The line did a good job parting the sea for me and I did my best to make something happen,” McBride said.

But two yellow flags came out. Offensive tackle Leonard Wester was called for holding and tight end Ben Koyack was charged with blocking below the waist.

Wester’s penalty was declined and the Eagles accepted Koyack’s flag, shortening the play to a 5-yard gain.

Minshew threw incomplete on the next play and was sacked on third down.

Prior to that possession, Minshew found McBride for gains of 12 and 7 yards on a drive to the Eagles 37 that ended in Minshew’s sack and fumble; and they combined for a 23-yard gain on the next possession to Philadelphia’s 42.

The connection has been evident in training camp between Minshew, from Washington State, and McBride, a William & Mary product who has played sparingly for Tennessee, Chicago and the New York Jets.

“Tre is a super-savvy guy,” Minshew said. “You can tell he’s played a lot of ball. He does a lot of savvy things and makes it easy on us quarterbacks. He’s fun to throw to, for sure.”

During the last practice before the game, on Tuesday, Minshew hit McBride with six of his 11 completions, including two touchdowns during red-zone periods.

“I do feel like we are starting to build a rapport,” McBride said. “I feel like when we’re out there, he’s looking for me in certain situations. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”

McBride said Minshew throws catchable balls.

“He throws a super-friendly ball,” he said. “It’s got nice touch … I really enjoy catching the ball from him.”

McBride also said Minshew is growing more and more confident.

“He’s got all the swag in the world,” he said. “He knows how to make things happen on the fly.”