Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos was one marred by injuries to important rookies and poor quarterback play that canceled out a great effort by the fourth ranked defense in the NFL. Not the best way to indoctrinate a handful of rookies in their inaugural seasons.
Jalen Ramsey: Mr. consistent added to his resume this week by defending and subsequently batting down two passes thrown by rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch. Jalen Ramsey is part of the second ranked pass defense in the NFL and as a rookie is a few interceptions away from being nominated to the pro bowl. Questions about the Jaguars turnover differential remain, but when it comes to our first round pick, the Jaguars have to be feeling pretty confident moving forward.
Stats: four combined tackles/ 2 passes defended
Myles Jack: Myles Jack is still seeing limited snaps but in this game I agree with the decision to limit him. Our secondary didn’t have very much trouble delivering against the Broncos and their rookie back-up QB, so their only option was to run. In all fairness, when talking about defending an oppositions running game, I’d take Skuta, Posluszny or Telvin Smith over Myles Jack at the moment, based purely on size. I am interested to see what ideas our new coaching staff will have planned for hyper athletes like Jack and Ramsey.
Stats: one solo tackle
Yannick Ngakoue: The rookie standout re-aggravated an ankle injury this Sunday, which is the reason for his lack of statistical production. Let’s hope we can get our best pass rusher back for next week at home against the Minnesota Vikings.
Stats: no recorded stats/ injured.
Dante Fowler Jr.: Dante Fowler had a solid game defending the run this week, as evidenced by his monster hit on Devontae Booker. Fowler seemingly came out of nowhere, flying through the air to lay the hammer down on the Broncos running back. This guy plays with energy and passion, that I’m confident will one-day turn into the production we were expecting from him at the beginning of the season. Not a bad game from 56.
Stats: four solo tackles/ 1 tackle for loss.
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