Jacksonville Jaguars Week 9: Pro Football Focus Review

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Nov 2, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback

Blake Bortles

(5) hands the ball off in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Jacksonville 33-23. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Plus Guys

Clay Harbor: +3.3 Overall, -0.7 Pass Block, +3.5 Run Block

Brandon Linder: +2.3 Overall, +0.2 Pass Block, +1.0 Screen Block, +1.1 Run Block

Luke Joeckel: +1.8 Overall, +0.8 Pass Block, +0.8 Run Block

Denard Robinson had his third straight week of effective running as he compiled 94 yards on only 17 carries. PFF is giving a lot of the credit to the run blocking, particularly Clay Harbor, who had an out-of-character day as a blocker. The offensive line has improved signficantly from the first few games this season, and the young guys in particular have stepped up. Brandon Linder was having another solid outing before leaving with an injury, and Luke Joeckel did a pretty good job overall against Wallace Gilberry. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the offensive line is going to be an area of concern heading into the offseason.

Minus Guys

Blake Bortles: -3.9 Overall, -3.4 Pass, -0.6 Rush

Austin Pasztor: -3.7 Overall, -1.2 Pass Block, -1.7 Run Block

Jacques McClendon:  -0.9 Overall, +0.3 Pass Block, -1.3 Run Block

Bortles continues to find himself at the bottom of the rankings thanks to several questionable decisions and poor throws that could have been intercepted. He was better than he was in the last two weeks against Cleveland and Miami, but he continues to try and do too much when there is nothing there. Bortles has received one positive grade this season from PFF (+0.8 against Tennessee). Once he starts cutting down on his mistakes, Bortles should see his grade increase.

Austin Pasztor was abused all game by Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, and quite honestly that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Atkins was an All Pro and arguably the best defensive tackle in football before his injury last season, and Carlos Dunlap is one of the best pure pass rushers in the NFL when he wants to be. Pasztor has been fine this season, this just wasn’t his strongest outing.

Brandon Linder has been the Jaguars best offensive lineman this season, so there was a noticeable downgrade when McClendon came in. He wasn’t a complete disaster, but the Jaguars need Linder to get healthy as soon as possible.

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