Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Game Information
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone hasn't missed the exciting trend for rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook.

When he's healthy, Westbrook makes big plays.

Westbrook returned from an injury with six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half, helping the Jacksonville Jaguars close the preseason with a 13-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Westbrook strengthened his case for a roster spot by showing off his big-play potential against the Falcons (0-4). Westbrook beat Falcons cornerback Akeem King for a 43-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first quarter and had another 43-yard catch in the second quarter.

"Every time he's been out there, he's made plays," Marrone said of Westbrook. "He showed his speed tonight."

Westbrook, a fourth-round draft pick from Oklahoma, entered the game leading the NFL with 173 yards receiving in the preseason despite missing last week's game against Carolina with soreness. He visited a core muscle specialist in Philadelphia on Monday.

"I just wanted to get a second opinion on how I felt, and the doctor told me I was fine," Westbrook said, adding he can't relax even if he has won a spot on the team.

"Even if I do solidify the spot on the roster, I still have to continue to get better," he said.

Final roster evaluations were the emphasis as the teams held out a combined 66 starters and top backups.

Brandon Allen played the full game at quarterback for Jacksonville (2-2) and threw for 265 yards with the touchdown to Westbrook and three interceptions, including two in the end zone.

Atlanta's Bidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted a fade pass for Westbrook from the 4 in the first quarter. Sharrod Neasman stopped another drive in the end zone when he intercepted a pass from Allen tipped by Chris Odom.

Matt Simms, third on Atlanta's depth chart, completed 11 of 15 passes for 195 yards.

Alek Torgersen replaced Simms midway through the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville's Jason Myers kicked field goals from 56 and 36 yards in the third quarter.

The Falcons scored early in the fourth quarter when Jhurrell Pressley fumbled on a run from the Jaguars 1. Tight end Darion Griswold recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

HOUSTON STRONG

Falcons and MLS Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank announced his family foundation will match contributions from his teams' fans up to $1 million to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Blank called on Falcons and Atlanta United fans to "join us by giving whatever they can to support our brothers and sisters in a time of incredible need."

GUARDED EVALUATIONS

Each team continued to evaluate candidates at guard.

Atlanta continued to rotate right guard candidates Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer. The two have shared the starting role through the preseason. Coach Dan Quinn said both may play.

"We're very fortunate we've got two guys of that caliber who can play all three inside spots," Quinn said.

Luke Bowanko, Patrick Omameh and Earl Watford have competed at left guard for Jacksonville. Tyler Shatley and Watford were the starting guards.

NERVOUS WAIT

Rookie defensive end J'Terius Jones had three tackles and now must wait to see if he survives roster cuts, which must be made by Saturday at 4 p.m. Jones said his plan for the next two days is "Just stay prayerful and stay positive."

INJURY UPDATE

Jaguars: Rookie S Jarrod Harper was strapped to a backboard, put on a stretcher and carted off the field after he was suffered a concussion on punt coverage in the first quarter. Jacksonville players surrounded Harper before he was driven off the field. "Obviously, that was a scary moment for all of us," Marrone said. ... SS Jeron Johnson left with a groin injury.

Falcons: Rookie S Quincy Mauger needed help leaving the field after suffering an apparent knee injury in the third quarter. He was escorted to the locker room a few minutes after leaving the game.

UP NEXT

Jaguars: Scheduled to open regular season at Houston on Sept. 10.

Falcons: Open regular season at Chicago on Sept. 10.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jaguars Falcons
00:00 Dede Westbrook 43 yard TD pass from Brandon Allen (Jason Myers extra point is GOOD) 7 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jaguars Falcons
No scoring this quarter.

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jaguars Falcons
08:22 Jason Myers 56 yard field goal 10 0
00:13 Jason Myers 36 yard field goal 13 0

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jaguars Falcons
13:31 Darion Griswold 0 yard fumble return for TD (Mike Meyer extra point is GOOD) 13 7

Team Stats
  Jacksonville Atlanta
1st Downs 27 8
Total Yards 414 261
Passing 260 212
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-31 12-22
Yards/Pass 8.4 9.6
Rushing 154 49
Rushing Attempts 44 17
Yards/Rush 3.5 2.9
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Possession 40:35 19:25

Jacksonville Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Brandon Allen 22 31 265 8.6 1 3

Atlanta Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Matt Simms 11 15 195 13.0 0 0
Alek Torgersen 1 7 51 7.3 0 1

Jacksonville Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Tim Cook 15 58 3.9 0 15
Jonathan Grimes 16 50 3.1 0 9
DuJuan Harris 7 26 3.7 0 10
Brandon Allen 6 20 3.3 0 11

Atlanta Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Kelvin Taylor 9 41 4.6 0 14
Jhurell Pressley 7 11 1.6 0 9
Alek Torgersen 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3

Jacksonville Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Dede Westbrook 6 115 19.2 1 43
Shane Wynn 4 50 12.5 0 16
Larry Pinkard 2 25 12.5 0 18
Jonathan Grimes 3 19 6.3 0 12
Alex Ellis 2 18 9.0 0 10
Ben Koyack 2 18 9.0 0 12
Amba Etta-Tawo 2 16 8.0 0 8
Jamal Robinson 1 4 4.0 0 4
Tim Cook 0 0 0.0 0

Atlanta Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Marvin Hall 3 82 27.3 0 65
Darion Griswold 1 51 51.0 0 51
Deante Burton 3 49 16.3 0 27
Kelvin Taylor 1 24 24.0 0 24
Anthony Dable 1 22 22.0 0 22
Eric Saubert 2 19 9.5 0 14
Akeem King 0 0 0.0 0
Alex Gray 0 0 0.0 0
Josh Magee 0 0 0.0 0
Reggie Davis 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Jacksonville Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Tracy Howard 4 0 0 0
Jarrod Wilson 4 0 0 0
Stefan Charles 3 0 0 0
P.J. Davis 2 2 1 10
Jonathan Woodard 2 2 1 7
Stanley Jean-Baptiste 2 0 0 0
Carroll Phillips 2 0 0 0
Tueni Lupeamanu 1 0 1 17
Michael Bennett 1 0 0 0
Akeem Dent 1 0 0 0
Brian Dixon 1 0 0 0
Charles James II 1 0 0 0
Jalen Myrick 1 0 0 0
Tyler Patmon 1 0 0 0
Hayes Pullard III 1 0 0 0
Peyton Thompson 1 0 0 0
Blair Brown 0 2 0 0
Alex Ellis 0 0 0 0
Andrew Gachkar 0 1 0 0
Kevin Maurice 0 1 0 0
Larry Pinkard 0 0 0 0

Atlanta Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Chris Odom 6 2 1 5
Jermaine Grace 6 2 0 0
Joe Vellano 5 4 0 0
Marcelis Branch 4 2 0 0
Kemal Ishmael 3 2 0 0
Jarnor Jones 3 0 0 0
Josh Keyes 3 4 0 0
Akeem King 3 0 0 0
Blidi Wreh-Wilson 3 1 0 0
JT Jones 2 1 0 0
Sharrod Neasman 2 4 0 0
Deji Olatoye 2 0 0 0
Tani Tupou 2 2 0 0
C.J. Goodwin 1 0 0 0
A.J. Jefferson 1 2 0 0
Jack Lynn 1 2 0 0
Quincy Mauger 1 1 0 0
Duke Riley 1 0 0 0
Daniel Brunskill 0 1 0 0
Josh Harris 0 0 0 0
Brian Poole 0 1 0 0

Jacksonville Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Tracy Howard 1 0 0

Atlanta Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Jermaine Grace 1 0 0
Sharrod Neasman 1 0 0
Blidi Wreh-Wilson 1 0 0

Jacksonville Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jalen Myrick 1 21 21.0 0 21
Shane Wynn 1 20 20.0 0 20

Atlanta Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Reggie Davis 1 22 22.0 0 22

Jacksonville Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Shane Wynn 3 10 3.3 0 5

Atlanta Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Marvin Hall 1 8 8.0 0 8
Justin Hardy 1 0 0.0 0 0

Jacksonville Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jason Myers 2 2 100.0 56

Atlanta Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Mike Meyer 0 1 0.0

Jacksonville Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brad Nortman 3 137 50

Atlanta Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Bosher 6 273 60