Weekly Superlatives: Jaguars @ Buccaneers


The Jaguars fell short for a third straight week as they lost to the lowly Buccaneers, 38-31. Despite a terrible team defensive performance, there were some awesome individual performances on Sunday. So let’s get to it — Here are your Weekly Superlatives:

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MVP: Blake Bortles — Bortles was clearly the best player on the field for the Jaguars on Sunday. He once again moved the offense up and down the field with ease for much of the game. He threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns while only throwing one interception. Despite his heroics and his insanely high passer rating of 125.4, the Jaguars just couldn’t pull out the victory. Bortles is the real deal, and he is showing it. He has gotten better every week this year, and is starting to throw the ball well and make the right reads with consistency.

Offensive Player of the Week: Allen Robinson — Despite being out gained by his running mate, Allen Hurns, in terms of yards, Robinson was still the best weapon on offense. He made several cultch catches and reached the end zone twice. Robinson is starting to realize his potential as he has scored two touchdowns in two separate games this season.

Defensive Player of the Week: Telvin Smith — Smith once again racked up a ton of tackles, totaling 13 on the day. While the defense as a whole played pretty poorly, Smith played pretty well against the Bucs. He made some mistakes, but on a day when your opponent scores 38 points, so does everyone else on the defense. Smith has proven his value every time he has been on the field, but he and his defense sorely missed their middle linebacker, The Poz.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Corey Grant — Yes, Corey Grant did fumble the ball while lined up at running back, but he played very well on special teams. He averaged 31  yards per kick return and had a long of 42. Grant is a dangerous weapon as a kick returner, despite having a long way to go as a running back.

Needs the Most Improvement: Thurston Armbrister — Armbrister was put in a tough spot, but in order to win football games, everyone must do their job, and he along with many other players on defense did not do their job. Armbrister was forced into the starting lineup at middle linebacker due to a Paul Posluszny injury. Armbrister missed several tackles and was clearly targeted by the Bucs’ offense, but this is less of an indictment of the undrafted rookie out of Miami, than it is against the Jaguars’ General Manager, David Caldwell. Paul Posluszny has a long injury history and to go into the season with an undrafted free agent as the back up middle linebacker is inexcusable, especially when the team had the cap space to retain stud back up middle linebacker, J.T. Thomas, who is now playing well in a starting role for the Giants. Dave Caldwell has done it his way, and thus far his way hasn’t worked. Here’s to hoping this young team gets it turned around.

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