Jaguars top 10: No helmet, no problem

December, 31, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars had a rough time with the Indianapolis Colts for a second time this season.

Indianapolis was short-handed because of injuries against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, but there still were some solid performances in the 20-16 loss.

Some of them came from young, unproven players such as receiver Kerry Taylor and J.T. Thomas, both of whom earned a spot on this week’s list of the Jaguars’ top 10 playmakers.

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. LB LaRoy Reynolds (NR): He made six tackles and broke up a pass, but it was his helmet-less tackle that earned him the top spot on this list. His helmet was ripped off during a punt but he still managed to race downfield and help Nate Stupar bring down Griff Whalen.

2. WR Kerry Taylor (4): He was the Jaguars’ go-to receiver over the last three weeks and caught a career-high eight passes for 75 yards and his first career touchdown. Taylor has caught 16 passes for 162 yards in the last three games.

3. QB Chad Henne (3): A lot of his yards came late when the game was already decided but he still completed 30 of 51 passes for 331 yards and one touchdown with one interception. That was a season high and the seventh-highest total of his career.

4. TE Marcedes Lewis (2): Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch really got Lewis involved in the offense the past month and Lewis capped his season with three catches for 70 yards, including a 36-yard catch-and-run. He was unable to extend his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown catch to five.

5. WR Ace Sanders (NR): He was targeted a team-high 14 times and caught six passes for 50 yards.

6. S Johnathan Cyprien (8): He was flying around the field, especially early in the game, and broke up three passes to go along with six tackles. Tight ends have hurt the Jaguars all season but Colts tight ends had just two catches for 43 yards with Cyprien patrolling the middle of the field.

7. RB Maurice Jones-Drew (7): In what may have been his final game as a Jaguar, Jones-Drew rushed for 39 yards on 13 carries and caught five passes for 51 yards.

8. LB Paul Posluszny (5): He led the team in tackles (nine), which is another typical Posluszny game.

9. LB J.T. Thomas (9): He made the second start of his career and finished with seven tackles (including one for a loss) and forced a fumble.

10. P Bryan Anger (NR): He’s back after a long hiatus. Anger averaged 46 yards on five punts, only one of which was returned for 5 yards.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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