5 Things: Jaguars @ Buccaneers Recap
3) Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson (aka A2) are truly a dynamic duo. Through five games they have combined for 49 catches, 832 yards and seven touchdowns. They have been the most productive duo of wideouts in the NFL this season and are on pace to have two of the best receiving seasons in Jaguars’ history. These guys are great, and with the addition of Julius Thomas into the line up, this offense will create a lot of mismatches, that are sure to keep defensive coordinators up at night.
4) The offensive line must improve. Bortles has been sacked 14 times in 5 games and is getting pressured way to consistently. This offensive line hasn't had a lot of time together and have been dealing with injuries, but it’s time for them to do their job. While they have been okay in pass protection, they have been down right bad at run blocking. T.J. Yeldon has consistently shown impressive traits, but far too often he is being mauled in the backfield. The Jaguars want to be a running team, but if this offensive line doesn't shape up there is certainly no chance of the Jags becoming a dominant run team.
5) This team still lacks depth, most crucially at linebacker. Prior to the season, this was an area of concern. Paul Posluszny is a great linebacker when healthy, but he tends to miss his fare share of time with injury. Last year, when he missed time, the Jaguars had an answer, in J.T. Thomas; this year there is no one. The Jaguars let J.T. Thomas walk after he had a really impressive season filling in at linebacker and now he's starting for the Giants and playing pretty well. The Jags had more than enough cap space to retain Thomas, but they decided to go in a different direction, a direction that lead them to starting an undrafted rookie at middle linebacker this week — a mistake that cost them the game. Thurston Armbrister was thrust into the starting lineup this week (even though he wasn’t ready to be a starter) and, not surprisingly, he performed miserably — missing tackles, losing gap integrity, and the Bucs knew they could take advantage of his inexperience, as they consistently targeted him.
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