The Jaguars played their first preseason game at home Friday night and came away with a last quarter victory over Atlanta, 15-13. The Jaguars are 1-1-0 while the Falcons are 0-2-0.
Jacksonville backup QB Luke McCown threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns, as the Jaguars scored 12 unanswered points. Josh Scobee kicked three field goals, including a 54-yarder.
Falcons starting QB Matt Ryan was 7- of-15 in the first half for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan connected with wide receiver Harry Douglas for a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter that gave Atlanta a 10-3 lead at halftime. Matt Bryant kicked two field goals for the Falcons.
Chris Redman threw for 76 yards on 10-of-14 passing against the Jaguars, while rookie Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 39 yards on seven carries. Michael Turner also had seven rushes for 14 yards for Atlanta.
The Jaguars signed running back Albert Young and waived safety Terrell Whitehead on Tuesday. Young spent the last three seasons in Minnesota after latching on as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa in 2008. He appeared in three games with the Vikings in 2010, rushing for 29 yards on 13 carries, before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Whitehead, a second-year Norfolk State product, suffered a shoulder injury in against the Falcons. He will revert to the Jaguars’ injured reserve list if he clears waivers.
On Sunday, Jacksonville signed veteran free agent tight end Joey Haynosand waived rookie offensive lineman Rob McGill.
Haynos, 6-8, 270, spent the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He was originally signed as a rookie free agent by Green Bay in 2008. After three weeks on the Packers practice squad, he was signed by the Dolphins to their active roster. His career totals include 21 receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns.
The Jaguars’ roster stands at 90 players. Teams must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 80 players by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 30.
In other news this week, Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that Garrard will start the season opener.
After missing the Jaguars first preseason game, Garrard returned to start against the Falcons, but finished 7 of 12 for 99 yards and one interception. Garrard gave way to rookie Blaine Gabbert, who completed 11 of 23 passes for 96 yards.
Gabbert, taken with the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft started Jacksonville’s first preseason game against New England.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defensive end Aaron Kampman won’t play in Saturday’s third preseason game at Buffalo. Del Rio expects them to play in the preseason finale against St. Louis.
Jones-Drew and Kampman are recovering from knee injuries.
The Jaguars have replaced 15 of 22 starters over the last three seasons. The most significant changes came on defense, where the Jaguars ranked 28th in the league last season and allowed a franchise record 419 points.