AJ Bouye has been in Jacksonville for less than a full calendar year, but his impact has already been felt in a major way. The Jaguars 2017 free agent signing, who inked a deal worth over $13 million per year during the offseason, had one the best seasons by a Jaguars CB of all time.
Bouye's six interceptions is two shy of the franchise record set by Rashean Mathis in 2006. His 18 passes defended are tied for the sixth most in football this year. He's had a remarkable season to be sure.
But the most impressive stat that Bouye can boast after his first regular season with the Jaguars is his passer rating against. Pro Football Focus tracks every defensive player and their passer rating allowed in coverage.
AJ Bouye's passer rating allowed in coverage of just 31.6 is the lowest mark that Pro Football Focus has seen since they started grading players in 2006.
That means over the last ten plus years no CB in football has had a better season in terms of shutting down opposing QBs than AJ Bouye did this season. For reference: if a QB spiked the ball on every play his QB rating would be 39 - almost 8 points higher than what Bouye allowed this season.
His regular season was as impressive as they come, but Bouye and the Jaguars defense still have a lot to prove. Their first test of the playoffs comes this Sunday against the Bills.
Will Bouye and Co. be able to shut down Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense?
Stay tuned for more.
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