Chris Clemons and Ryan Davis may create a massive mismatch against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 of the regular season.
The pass rushing duo split time in Week 1 and came away with a sack and three pressures against Cam Newton’s offensive line. (Clemons also managed to block a field goal)
Against the Miami Dolphins, the Jacksonville Jaguars pass rushers may find even better success according to Fox Sports:
"Meanwhile, Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert received an overall grade of -2.4 for his effort against the Washington Redskins, and left guard Dallas Thomas’ pass-blocking grade was -2.5. Ryan Tannehill was surprisingly shaky a week ago, and Miami’s top priority is protecting its young quarterback. The duo of alebert and Thomas will have their hands full facing the steady rotation of Clemons and Davis in this intrastate battle."
I’m in agreement here. While the pass rush has not been spectacular, the Jacksonville Jaguars do have talent at the edge rushing positions. Players like Chris Clemons, Ryan Davis (who can also rush inside), and Chris Smith are all dangerous. New additions Dan Skuta (linebacker, one sack in Week 1) and Jared Odrick also have the potential to develop into quality pass rushers.
With the Dolphins offensive line struggling to protect Ryan Tannehill, which could have been a factor in his rough first game, the pass rush could have some opportunities in Week 2. This would be huge for the Jaguars, especially since there is legitimate concern about rushing the passer.
Last year’s sacks were nice, but the Jags were unable to get consistent pressure on the quarterback. Last season, counting all QB hurries, hits, and sacks the Jaguars averaged about 13.5 quarterback pressures per game. In Week 1 the Jaguars had a total of 11. (numbers from Pro Football Focus) Ideally, the team will improve on that.
Ryan Davis and Chris Clemons will be a big part of improving those numbers and it could all begin on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
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