We looked at the defense and found just what we expected, the secondary was lacking . The linebackers and defensive line played well. What will we find when we look at the Offense? I don’t know yet, let’s get to the grading! Once again, this is based on my observation and our friends at ProFootballFocus.com
We worried aboutthe offensive line a lot after last year’s performance, let’s start with them.
Brad Meester: Brad had a horrible 2009 and dropped weight for the 2010 campaign. He added muscle and dedicated himself. How did it work? Fantastic! Brad was everything we hoped for. Brad’s run blocking was superb. Last year the Jaguars could not run up the middle. On Sunday, they ran between Brad Meester and Uche Nwaneri 4 times for 30 yards. 7.5 yards a pop up the middle. Uche and Brad worked well together. Brad only was credited with one QB pressure, no QB hits and no QB sacks. Go Brad! Brad Meester gets an A.
Uche Nwaneri: I alread mentioned his run blocking. This was something he wasn’t supposed to be good at, but he was. The only unfortuante aspect was Uche was credited with 3 QB pressures. We need better pass blocking out of Uche. I had my doubts about him, but he did well. He earned his contract extension. Uche Nwaneri earned a B.
Eben Britton: Eben was credited with 3 QB hits and 1 QB pressure. The Jaguars ran 5 times off the right tackle for a total of 7 yards. Eben Britton wasn’t holding his pass blocks nor was he blowing open holes for the runner. He is simply not doing the job as well as people are led to believe. Watch teams target him for blitzes. The Jaguars will put Jordan Black in next to him to help him out. He will be found out. Eben Britton earns a D.
Justin Smiley: Justin Smiley had a bad game. He was called for 2 penalties. Holding penalties are drive killers. He was credited with 2 QB hits and 1 QB pressure. The Jaguars ran off of the left guard 7 times for 23 yards. Justin Smiley was not shining in this game. He didn’t get much time in training camp or preseason and we don’t know his true health yet. He can’t continue like this. Justin Smiley earned a D.
Eugene Monroe: Last year, running left was a strength of the Jaguars. On Sunday, the Jaguars ran 3 times off of the left tackle for 10 yards. Eugene allowed no sacks and no QB hits but 4 QB pressures. I expected more out of Eugene and am disappointed in this game. Eugene earns a C.
Offensive Line earns a C+