LA Chargers: Getting to know the Jacksonville Jaguars
By Devon Auriemma
The Jaguars offense currently ranks in the bottom half of the league in total yards per game, they score the fifth least amount of points per game and are tied for the sixth-worst turnover differential.
While they have struggled to start the season, the Jaguars do have some talented players on offense. Minshew has shown some flashes since becoming the team’s starter when Nick Foles went down with an injury last year.
D.J. Chark was a Pro-Bowler in 2019 where he brought in more than 70 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. They also have rookie wide receiver Laviska Shenault who has produced some solid outings over the past few games.
One bright spot this year for the Jaguars on offense has been the performance of their undrafted rookie running back James Robinson. Robinson has totaled 569 yards on 108 touches and four touchdowns. While these numbers may not be elite, it sure is a sign that they may have found a hidden gem to replace Leonard Fournette.
Defensively, the Jaguars have been a mess. As mentioned before, they have allowed their opponent to score at least 30 points in every matchup except in their Week 1 win against the Colts. They currently rank in the bottom ten of the league in opponent’s points per game and bottom five in yards per game.
However, the Jags do have quite a few young studs on defense. Second-year defensive end Josh Allen put up 10.5 sacks in his rookie season and they took K’Lavon Chaisson with one of their two first-round picks this year to pair with Allen.
Along with Chaisson, they took cornerback C.J. Henderson out of Florida with the 9th pick who has been a good replacement for A.J Bouye. In his debut, he picked off former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and had three pass breakups, which resulted in a coverage grade of 83.5 according to Pro Football Focus.
Perhaps the Jaguars’ best player is linebacker Myles Jack. Jack is PFF’s highest-graded linebacker through six weeks with a defensive grade of 88.6. Jack has been great in coverage so far and has only allowed a passer rating of 82.5 when his man is targeted.