Jalen Ramsey: The Florida State product struggled mightily in the first half when matched up against Alshon Jeffery. This was disconcerting to most Jaguars fans because Ramsey seemingly hasn’t struggled when matched up on any wide out for most of the season. The Jalen Ramsey that showed up after halftime was the player we’ve become accustomed to seeing. He was on the hip of whichever receiver he was matched up against for the entirety of the second half and came up with the game clenching pass-breakup. Ramsey finished with 2 solo tackles and a pass-breakup and gave up only 1 catch for 3 yards to Jeffery in the second half.
Yannick Ngakoue: Ngakoue is flat-out our best pass-rushing defensive lineman. Ngakoue got in the backfield and sacked Brian Hoyer, racking up his fourth consecutive game with a sack. The Bears have only given up three sacks since Hoyer has started at quarterback. In comparison, Jay Cutler was sacked 3 times in one half of football against the Eagles in the last game before he was injured. Yannick is proving that he can match up against any left-tackle and cause disruption. He will need to have another good game next week when matched up against the Oakland Raiders who are one of the NFL’s most impressive young offenses.
Myles Jack: The young hybrid-linebacker has finally seen significant playing time and this weekend versus the Bears he recorded his second consecutive start at the OTTO position over Dan Skuta. Myles Jack only came up with two solo tackles, but showed his abilities to play in zone-coverage. The biggest weakness to an otherwise solid defense is our linebackers when they get matched up against speedy tight ends or receivers in coverage. In the second quarter, Poz made a poor read in zone-coverage and allowed Bears receiver Cameron Meredith to complete a button-hook route right in the middle of the field that led to a first-and-goal and an eventual touchdown for Jordan Howard. Opposing teams are constantly looking for matchups against our linebackers. The Jaguars have shown that if we force the opposition to dump passes off in the flat or attack our corners downfield that we can be remarkably successful. Myles Jack is the key to defending receivers or tight ends in the middle of the field because he can match them for speed and has good instinct in pass coverage. I look forward to Jack learning more of the mental aspect of the game so he can continue to be comfortable making plays in the passing game.
Sheldon Day didn’t record any stats in Sunday’s victory over the Chicago Bears. This can be attributed to the increased playing time of returning player, Jared Odrick.
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