DefenseSep 7, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis (59) and defensive end Andre Branch (90) celebrate a sack during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Dwayne Gratz: +2.6 Overall, +2.3 Pass Coverage, +0.2 Pass Coverage
Ryan Davis: +1.4 Overall, +2.3 Pass Rush
Andre Branch: +1.0 Overall, +0.3 Run Defense, +0.5 Pass Rush
Watching the game on Sunday, Ryan Davis was the guy who shined the most and looked like he was consistently getting a pass rush. He had by far the best pass rushing grade, and he seemingly earned the right to play more than the 20 snaps he got in week 1. The starting cornerbacks also played well, led by 2nd year player Dwayne Gratz. On 4 passes thrown his way, Gratz only allowed 1 reception for 11 yards to Jeremy Maclin. Andre Branch had a big play with his strip-sack on Nick Foles, but it appeared to be more of a coverage sack than a spectacular pass rushing move by Branch. Like the offense, some of the defenders’ grades probably suffered heavily from the events of the 2nd half.
Josh Evans: -3.8 Overall, -3.8 Run Defense
Will Blackmon: -3.3 Overall, -4.0 Pass Coverage
Winston Guy: -3.1 Overall, -2.1 Pass Coverage, -0.9 Penalty
The Jaguars did a good job of holding the Eagles offense in check outside of a few big plays, and a handful of players received a bulk of the blame for them. Josh Evans only played 43 snaps but managed to get the lowest grade of any defender, apparently for his poor run support. Will Blackmon is credited for allowing all 6 of the balls thrown his way to be caught for 61 yards. In addition to the questionable roughing penalty he received, PFF is placing the blame for the blown coverage on Maclin’s long touchdown on the shoulders of Winston Guy. Prosinski already took the blame for that play, so let’s not put too much stock in Guy’s grade. Honestly, there weren’t too many awful performances on the defensive side of the ball outside of the 2nd string players who were forced into the lineup. If the offense can somehow manage to stay on the field a little bit longer, this could be a pretty good unit.