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Former Alabama standout “comfortable” in NFL preseason debut

Reinhold Matay - USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back T.J. Yeldon was locked and loaded for his NFL preseason debut Friday against Detroit. He missed two games due to a sprained finger on his left hand; however, the ex-Crimson Tide standout looked very comfortable.

Yeldon toted the ball eight times and caught a 12-yard pass from quarterback Blake Bortles.

He sold a fake well on Bortles’ play action pass, resulting in a 18-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Allen Hurns in the first quarter. Yeldon scored his first career NFL touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, giving Jacksonville a 14-13 lead at halftime.

Jaguars’ head coach Gus Bradley saw a lot of good things from Yeldon and Bortles, despite a 17-22 loss to Detroit. Bortles was sharp under center, completing 20 of 27 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown. Eight different receivers caught a pass from him.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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