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Jaguars vs Giants: Beyond the Score with Pro Football Focus

Christopher Thornton



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.”



  • 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: 


  • 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 vs. Patriots Week Two Inactives: Fournette Out, Campbell Starts

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) reacts during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for the game today.  For the Jaguars star running back, Leonard Fournette is out today with a hamstring injury. However, Calais Campbell who was added late to the injury report with a knee injury is expected to start today.

There was speculation before the game that Campbell could be out. It is possible the Jaguars limit his snaps this week.

Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon will start ahead of Fournette. Corey Grant will also look to get in on the fun after only having one touch last week against the Giants.


One surprise on the Jaguars inactive list is rookie linebacker, Leon Jacobs. Although he was injured this week with the ankle injury, he was thought to have been progressing. Look for linebacker Larentee McCray to take his place at SAM linebacker.




For the Patriots they are without their starting right tackle in Marcus Cannon. They also get back their starting running back in Rex Burkhead as well as their first-round pick, rookie running back Sony Michel.


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Jaguars Promote Running Back Brandon Wilds, Release WR Rashad Greene

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back runs the ball Brandon Wilds (38) in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jacksonville Jaguars today have promoted Running Back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. As a corresponding move, the Jaguars have released veteran Wide Receiver Rashad Greene Sr.

This move should not come as too much of a surprise as starting running back Leonard Fournette has been nursing an injured hamstring all week, and TJ Yeldon was added to the injury report yesterday with an ankle injury.

The move might indicate that either Fournette will not be playing in tomorrows matchup against the New England Patriots, or Wilds will simply be insurance in case the star running back goes down again. Either way, it is something to keep an eye on as the Jaguars announce their inactive report around 90 minutes prior to kickoff tomorrow.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots: Friday Injury Reports, Fournette Questionable

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 9, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) takes a handoff from quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have officially released their Friday game status injury reports ahead of their week two matchup in Jacksonville, Florida. For the Jaguars coming into this game against the Patriots, all eyes have been on star running back Leonard Fournette as he nurses a hamstring injury. Today, the Jaguars officially listed him as questionable. Fournette has not been able to practice the entire week and will have to prove to the Jaguars training staff as well as the coaching staff he is good to go.

If Fournette is not cleared look for TJ Yeldon to take over as the Jaguars starting running back this weekend. It is also likely the Jaguars would elevate running back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad as they currently only have two running backs besides Fournette on the 53-man roster. Corey Grant would also more than likely receive his bulk of the carries in the event Fournette cannot go.

As for the rest of the Jaguars players, the only player who was a late addition to the Jaguars injury report was running back TJ Yeldon. He, however, will play this Sunday as that injury has seemingly been deemed minor.

Below are the Jaguars and Patriots official gameday statuses:




RB Rex Burkhead – Concussion (Limited participant)
T Marcus Cannon – Calf (Limited participant)
DB Keion Crossen – Hamstring (Limited participant)
RB Sony Michel – Knee (Limited participant)

For the Patriots their most notable players on the injury report are running backs Burkhead and Michel along with tackle Marcus Cannon. Burkhead being out this week against the Jaguars for the Patriots is notable due to the lack of weapons at the running back position. If Burkhead and Michel cannot go the Patriots will likely lean on running back James White for the bulk of the carries. I would, however, anticipate at least one of the two running backs to be active this Sunday.

If Marcus Cannon is out this week, then the Patriots will turn to LaAdrian Waddle at the right tackle position. Waddle is a journeyman and more than likely would struggle against the Jaguars front four.

For the Jaguars as well as the Patriots both teams are relatively healthy. The areas to watch will continue to be the running back positions and how the Jaguars, as well as the Patriots, handle the situation. With Fournette as a true game-time decision, keep a close eye on the Jaguars inactive report 90 minutes before kickoff this Sunday.


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