Jaguars top 10: Slim pickings again

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was another disappointing day for the Jacksonville Jaguars, especially on defense, in a 42-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in London.

But at least the team scored its first touchdown in a “home” game this season.

Still, it’s another tough week to pick the team’s top 10 playmakers. Like last week, there will be few defensive players after giving up 221 yards rushing and allowing the 49ers to score touchdowns on their first four possessions.

Remember, this isn’t a list of MVP candidates, but a compilation of the players who are making the biggest difference each week.

Here we go, with last week’s rankings in parenthesis:

1. WR Mike Brown (1): He keeps the top spot after scoring the Jaguars’ first touchdown in a “home” game this season. The 29-yard TD catch was one of his three catches for 43 yards.

2. RB Maurice Jones-Drew (6): He had perhaps his best game of the season, rushing for 75 yards on 19 carries and catching six passes for 47 yards. He’s looking better and better each week.

3. QB Chad Henne (4): Henne’s yardage total was down significantly from the past few weeks, but he didn’t turn the ball over and hooked up with Brown for the team’s only touchdown. He still needs to be better in the red zone.

4. WR Cecil Shorts (3): Shorts led the team with seven catches for 74 yards. It appeared he may have re-injured his shoulder on a play because he went to the sideline with his right arm dangling by his side, but he was back on the field several plays later.

5. WR Denard Robinson (NR): Robinson was more involved in the offense than any of the seven previous games. He had four carries for 15 yards and may be settling into a role as a backup running back.

6. WR Justin Blackmon (2): Though Blackmon caught only four passes for 31 yards, he was targeted a team-high 10 times (tied with Shorts). He’s still drawing extra attention.

7. LB Paul Posluszny (7): Much like last week, have to include Posluszny because he has been the Jaguars’ best defender all season. He just can’t do it all by himself, though not for lack of trying. He led the Jaguars with 12 tackles.

8. K Josh Scobee (8): Footing at Wembley Stadium was slick, but Scobee had no trouble on his 38-yard field goal. He’s a perfect 10-for-10 this season.

9. P Bryan Anger (NR): Anger returns to the list after a two-week hiatus. It wasn’t his best game (he averaged 44.5 yards on four punts) but it’s pretty slim pickings this week, so …

10. Jaxson DeVille (NR): He’s back, too. Not for his zip-line entry into Wembley Stadium (that’s old hat to us in the states) but the way he broke away from the two “security guards” who tried to detain him while he was streaking. Some fine open-field running before getting caught.