Thursday, August 21, 2014
Jags have four on top 50 breakout list
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In order to be a playoff team or have a chance to compete for a Super Bowl, you have to have great players. The Jacksonville Jaguars don't have any that qualify -- yet.
ESPN Insider Mike Sando believes there are a few on the way. Sando included four Jaguars players on his list of top 50 NFL breakout players in 2014 (Insider content): safety Johnathan Cyprien, running back Toby Gerhart, defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, and offensive tackle Luke Joeckel.
Cyprien, a second-year safety from Florida International, came in at No. 5 on Sando's list, the highest spot of the four. Two other players were in the top 25 while another was in the top 40.
Marks is an interesting choice for the list because he could have qualified as a breakout player in 2013. He set career highs in sacks (four), pass breakups (eight), forced fumbles (two),and fumble recoveries (three). He did that while playing way too many snaps, too. But the addition of Ziggy Hood via free agency and a health Roy Miller alongside him should reduce the number of snaps he plays in 2014, which, theoretically will keep him fresher and therefore even more effective.
Sando had a few rules in picking the top 50: No rookies, no player who was ranked in the #NFLRank Top 100 (an ongoing series ranking the top 100 players on offense and defense), no older players, and avoid players who have signed a lucrative second contract.