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Jaguars vs Giants: Beyond the Score with Pro Football Focus

Christopher Thornton

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The Jaguars were able to survive the rain and somewhat cold conditions in Metlife Stadium Sunday afternoon to capture their first win of the 2018 regular season against the New York Giants by a score of 20-15. Instead of sticking with the box score, let’s dive a little bit deeper into the numbers in this weeks “Beyond the Score.”

 

Offense

  • The Jaguars were able to put up a great showing in pass blocking this week, ranking second in the NFL with a pass blocking efficiency of 97.2. The group would allow just two total pressures on 36 passing snaps.
  • The highest rated offensive grade goes to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, with a grade of 72.4. Although only catching three passes for 25 yards, Seferian-Jenkins was a pro in pass blocking, achieving a 75.2 pass blocking grade, while managing to get open all afternoon in the passing game, but never quite catching the attention of QB Blake Bortles.
  • Speaking of Bortles, here’s a passing breakdown of Bortles’ day against the Giants:            
  • Bortles was a tale of two QB’s when under pressure vs. not being under pressure and being blitzed vs. not being blitzed: 

Defense

  • Although being overshadowed by some of the best cornerbacks in the game, CB D.J Hayden had himself a day, posting a 90.3 coverage grade and an overall defensive grade of 85.5, the best on the defense. Hayden would allow three catches on the day for a total of 12 yards. Hayden would also finish with one pass breakup and four tackles, three of which would result in a “loss”.
  • CB Jalen Ramsey would have himself a day that he’d likely like to redo. The young CB would only be targeted seven times on the day but allow five receptions for 75 yards but no touchdowns. When targeting CB Jalen Ramsey, Eli Manning had an NFL passer rating of 106.3, the third highest allowed on the team.
  • DE Yannick Ngakoue had himself a strong day, despite not recording a sack, Ngakoue recorded five total pressures on QB Eli Manning on 36 pass rush snaps.

Special Teams

  • Second round pick, WR D.J Chark would make his most significant impact in the Special Teams department, playing 16 total snaps on special teams, and causing the game-sealing muffed punt to secure the Jaguars victory.
  • Rookie punter, Logan Cooke, would have a shaky first NFL start, punting the ball a total of seven times for 264 yards and an average of 37.7 yards. His longest on the day would be 47 yards. However, Cooke would still land three of his punts within the Giants’ 20-yard line.
  • K Josh Lambo would go perfect on the day, going 2/2 on extra points as well as 2/2 on field goals. Both field goals would be between 30-39 yards.

 

Did the numbers back up your initial thoughts of the game? Were some numbers surprising or were they just right? Be sure to follow Locked on Jaguars on Twitter as well as myself for more PFF numbers throughout the week.

 

A special thanks to Pro Football Focus for allowing us to use their data and for their excellent work.

Christopher Thornton Is the Co-host for Locked On Jaguars. Christopher lives in Jacksonville and is currently a season ticket holder for the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can find me on Twitter (@Mistochristopho) and contact me at [email protected]

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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