Dec 7, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) fights for extra yardage in the fourth quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Houston Texans won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
J.T. Thomas: +3.1 Overall, +0.3 Run Defense, +2.9 Pass Rush
Ziggy Hood: +2.1 Overall, +2.1 Run Defense, -0.4 Pass Rush
Aaron Colvin: +1.8 Overall, +0.7 Run Defense, +1.0 Pass Rush
J.T. Thomas is providing a much different dynamic at middle linebacker than Paul Posluszny – he’s been very good in coverage. On Sunday, he only allowed 2 receptions for 3 yards on the 3 balls thrown his way. Once he figures out run fits, he might be a better option in the middle than Poz in 2015.
Ziggy Hood and Aaron Colvin both played well in situational roles. Hood was one of the few defensive lineman with positive run defense grades, albeit without providing much of an interior pass rush. Colvin has been solid since coming back from his injury, and he could start seeing more time on the outside if he continues succeeding in the slot.
Telvin Smith: -2.2 Overall, -1.3 Run Defense, -0.9 Penalty
Roy Miller: -2.2 Overall, -0.2 Run Defense, -2.4 Penalty
Demetrius McCray: -2.1 Overall, -1.8 Run Defense, -0.4 Pass Coverage
The Jaguars got gashed early and often in the run game on Sunday, so it’s not surprising to see everyone at the bottom of the rankings with poor run defense grades. Normally reliable in the running game, Roy Miller got pushed around and was a non-factor outside of a costly penalty. Telvin Smith and Demetrius McCray both made some poor decisions as far as run fits and angles and paid for them.