Jags fall to Falcons in final preseason game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- T.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta's backup quarterback Thursday night, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in both teams' preseason finale.

The presumed Jaguars backup quarterback and first round draft pick Blake Bortles also made quite an impression in his brief appearance. Bortles aired a 57 Yd touchdown pass to Marqise Lee to even the score at 7-7 in the second quarter. Bortles finished 4/6 for 86 and that touchdown. Chad Henne, the Jags scheduled starter at QB on opening day, and many other starters did not play.

Yates had shown little in the Falcons's first three exhibitions, completing 39.4 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Second-year player Sean Renfree posted better numbers and seemingly had an edge in the competition to be Matt Ryan's backup.

But Yates shined against the Jaguars.

His highlight throw was a 67-yard touchdown strike to Freddie Martino in the second quarter, a deep ball that put Atlanta up 21-7. His other TD came on a swing pass to Antone Smith, who broke several tackles during the 66-yard catch and run.

Yates completed 15 of 20 passes and was sacked twice.

After Bortles exited former Miami quarterback Stephen Morris and former Iowa standout Ricky Stanzi took their turns on the field. At least one is not expected to make the final 53-man roster.

Wide receivers Cecil Shorts III and Ace Sanders also saw limited action.

The Jaguars open the regular season on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.


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