We saw another solid game from our rookies this week in Detroit but their tireless effort didn’t show up in the win column.
Jalen Ramsey: Jalen Ramsey played a fantastic game right from the start. He began the game by almost forcing a fumble and locked down Golden Tate the whole game, holding him to three receptions for only 27 yards. This was definitely our most impressive game on defense all season and Ramsey was a huge part of that success. We have to remember that Jalen Ramsey only lost four games during his entire college career and as much as I hate admitting this, FSU made him a winner that isn’t even close to ready to give up that label. More importantly than wins and losses, I love this guy's fire. His will to win makes him a clear leader on our defense and I guarantee to all Jags fans that his heart will help to make our team successful in the future. Keep your chin up Jalen and know that Jags fans will ride-or-die with anyone who plays like you do for our franchise.
Stats: 6 total tackles
Dante Fowler Jr. & Yannick Ngakoue: Our defensive line came up with three sacks, one of which was recorded by Yannick Ngakoue, and the entire unit was consistantly pressuring the quarterback. Mathew Stafford was gifted his only quality completion of the day by the referees because of a missed, or more likely ignored, holding call, but other than a few hiccups our defense played lights out and completely shut down Detroit’s running game. Fowler Jr. is still struggling to recognize screens because of play recognition issues combined with an over-eagerness to get to the quarterback on every down. Despite that one point of criticism for Dante, I thought he took really positive steps in getting off run blocks and setting the edge for our linebackers to clean up in the run game. One of our biggest problems in defending the run this year has been setting the edge on the outside of the line and we did that better than we have all year. Great game from our young defensive ends.
Stats: DF: 1 TFL ; YN: 1 sack
Myles Jack: We’ve been saying this for weeks, Myles Jack needs to see more snaps and he needs to be the guy on the field on third down. Once again, he wasn’t on the field on third down. On a brighter note, Jack continues to improve, despite the lack of confidence in him that his coaches show.
Stats: 3 total tackles, 1 TFL
Sheldon Day: The Jaguars coaching staff has found talent and quality production on the bench from defensive tackle Abry Jones, which officially moved Sheldon Day to a reserve role and has largely left him out of the rotation of interior defensive lineman. However, after Sen’ Derrick Marks’s embarrassing offside penalty in a situation where the Lions were obviously trying to get our defensive line to jump, Day might just get a few more snaps against the Bills next Sunday.
Stats: no recorded stats.
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