No. 2 Jaguars player who contributed to the loss vs. the Texans: Brandon McManus, K
The Jaguars swapped Riley Patterson for Brandon McManus in the offseason because the former had a stronger left. Three games into the season, the move hasn't had the outcome the Jaguars probably expected. And in the loss against the Houston Texans, McManus' miscues played a role.
McManus' first kick failed. The attempt was over 50 yards but that's the kind of situation the Jaguars brought him in for, so that's not an excuse. He later had another field goal blocked. The straw that broke the camel's back was when Texans fullback Andrew Buck returned one of his kickoffs for a touchdown, significantly decreasing the team's chances of mounting a comeback.
Before the kickoff attempt, it was 17-10. Afterwards, Jacksonville was trailing by two touchdowns.
No. 1 Jaguars player who contributed to the loss vs. the Texans: Trevor Lawrence
There's no doubt Trevor Lawrence is the Jags' best player. However, he also contributed to the loss against the Texans. Late in the game, Jacksonville still had a slim chance of mounting a comeback but all hope evaporated when Lawrence threw a pick. Later, he was called for intentional grounding.
In general, Lawrence had a solid game but when everything else failed, he couldn't rise to the occasion and came crashing down.
The bottom line is that Lawrence is not exempt from criticism. Just like he deserves to be praised when he helps the Jaguars win, it also needs to be pointed out when he doesn't. After all, everyone should be held accountable and fix whatever is wrong if the Jags want to turn things around.