Dec. 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin (58) watches as Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) dives with the ball during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Babin Fails To Help Pass Rush

as much excitement as there was surrounding Jason Babin’s acquisition last week, I think we all expected slightly better play from the new defensive end for the Jaguars.  Instead, we got what we have had all season from the defense: mediocre play.

While the ability of the Bills to hold the bal for an astounding 42 minutes during Sunday’s matchup doesn’t fall on Babin – this is a team sport after all! – his inability to get penetration on almost every down he was in on was underwhelming.  For a guy with 5.5 sacks, a bigger push would have been appreciated.

While I was underwhelmed by Babin’s play, and disappointed by his unnecessary roughness call, there were some things I liked.  I liked his high motor most of all.   The guy looked enthusiastic and happy to be out there.  He looked like a giddy little kid, albeit one that didn’t know what he was doing.  Which brings me to the other thing I liked about Babin’s play in his Jaguars debut.  I liked that he didn’t seem too out of place despite joining the team just a few days earlier.  Sure, the job of a pass rush specialist isn’t exactly the quarterback position, but he was able to diagnose plays and act in a relatively quick manner to get in on some tackles.

Will Babin pan out?  Maybe, maybe not.  Ultimately, the Bills game really didn’t give us any better indication than the speculation we entered it with.

– Luke N. Sims

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