Friday, December 6, 2013
Sanders bests Jones-Drew with TD pass
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew knew he’d been topped, so he didn’t try to deny it.
His touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis against the Cleveland Browns was nice and a nifty little trick play, but it was topped by receiver Ace Sanders' 21-yard touchdown pass to running back Jordan Todman in Thursday night’s 27-20 victory over Houston.
"He threw a strike," Jones-Drew said. "It was unbelievable."
Sanders took a lateral from quarterback Chad Henne, took a few steps to his right, and lofted a pass to Todman, who had snuck out of the backfield and was wide open. The ball hung up in the air long enough for Texans safety D.J. Swearinger to make a run at Todman and hit him, but Todman made the catch just before contact and held on.
What also impressed Jones-Drew was the fact Sanders threw a perfect spiral despite wearing gloves. His pass to Lewis against the Browns -- which traveled 8 yards -- was a lot more wobbly.
"Todman made a tremendous catch," Jones-Drew said. "I don't think Marcedes had to do too much because I tried to put it right on his facemask. It was a bad throw. It got there, but it wasn’t sharp.
"Ace had a nice, tight spiral to it and Todman made a great play."
The Jaguars now have two touchdown passes thrown by non-quarterbacks this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the 31 other teams in the NFL have combined to throw three.