Winning has been hard to come by for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season and one of their reasons is the dearth of playmakers on the roster. This was in full display in Pro Football Focus’ 2021 third-quarter All-Pro team, as no Jags player made the cut.
Sam Monson of PFF put together the list and the Jaguars, along with the New York Jets and the Houston Texans were omitted altogether. Even the Detriot Lions, who are currently the worst team in the league had rookie right tackle Penei Sewell represent them.
The Indianapolis Colts had an AFC South-high three players make PFF’s team. Running back Jonathan Taylor made the cut and is a good bet to earn an Associated Press First-Team All-Pro designation. Linebacker Darius Leonard was a second-team selection and Ashton Dulin made the list as the special teams player. The Tennesse Titans had one player get the nod, safety Kevin Byard, who could ruin Week 14 for the Jags.
Why were there no Jaguars players on Pro Football Focus list?
The Jags do have some talented players but it’s hard to justify getting them on PFF’s list. Running back James Robinson is their best offensive player but it would be outlandish to suggest he’s been having a better season than Taylor, who’s already racked up 1,348 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Moreover, has been dealing with a heel injury the coaching staff has made the curious decision to give Carlos Hyde more carries than him. PFF’s second-team pick, Joe Mixon, is having a good year himself and has already reached the end zone 12 times in 2021.
If not Robinson, how about outside linebacker Josh Allen? The 2019 first-round pick has played at a high level this season and even pulled a hat trick against the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. However, who would you take off PFF’s list? Myles Garrett? T.J. Watt? As good as Allen has been for the Jags in 2021, both Garrett and Watt have been better. The same is true for Maxx Crosby of the Las Vegas Raiders, who is having a breakout year and is on pace to be one of the few players to log 100 pressures in a season.
Then there’s center Brandon Linder. Had the veteran been healthy in 2021, he would have been a good bet to make the list but he suffered an ankle injury in Week 5 and missed six weeks. To add insult to injury, he left the Jags’ Week 13 game against the Rams with a back injury. The 2014 third-round pick was PFF’s sixth-highest ranked center ahead of the season and may have earned a higher spot if he hadn’t missed seven games in 2020.
You could make the case coaching is the biggest issue holding the Jaguars back right now but their lack of playmakers makes it complicated to win games on a consistent basis. Things could change next season but for the time being, PFF got the list right, at least when it comes to not including the Jags.