Jaguars top 10: Specialists rule

October, 1, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was another dismal performance by the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday, a 37-3 loss to Indianapolis at EverBank Field.

Finding the Jaguars’ top 10 playmakers from the game was pretty hard, so I cheated. I found nine, but I added a special guest. If things keep going the way they have the first four weeks, he may end up as a regular -- at least for home games, anyway.

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. K Josh Scobee (6): He kicked his 20th career field goal of 50-plus yards against the Colts to give the Jaguars their only points of the day. He’s the team’s leading scorer (11 points) and has made all three of his field-goal attempts, which makes him pretty much the only weapon the Jaguars have right now.

2. P Bryan Anger (5): He averaged 48.3 yards (45.2 net) on six punts, including a 61-yarder. And since the defense gave up 37 points and more than 400 yards for the second consecutive week and the offense could only manage three points, he has soared into the top two.

3. CB Will Blackmon (NR): I know I just criticized the defense, but Blackmon deserves some attention. He was credited with four passes defensed and picked off the first pass of his career. He also had another interception nullified by a penalty.

4. LB Paul Posluszny (3): He led the Jaguars in tackles (nine) for the third time this season. At this point, that’s good enough to make the top five.

5. WR Cecil Shorts (1): Shorts was again the Jaguars’ top receiver (seven catches for 61 yards). He also had two passes bounce of his hands and get intercepted, but even that doesn’t disqualify him from making the list or being ranked this high.

6. TE Clay Harbor (NR): With Marcedes Lewis leaving the game in the first quarter after re-injuring his calf, Harbor provided the only offense from the position. He caught two passes for 39 yards and could have had a 63-yard touchdown had he not stepped out of bounds after 31 yards.

7. WR Ace Sanders (NR): Sanders finally got a chance to return punts. The Colts punted three times. One went out of bounds. One went into the end zone for a touchback. Sanders returned one for 10 yards. Plus he had four catches for 59 yards.

8. RB Jordan Todman (NR): He returned two kickoffs for 53 yards and carried twice for 4 yards.

9. LB Russell Allen (NR): Allen made seven tackles and had one of the Jaguars’ two sacks.

And our special guest ...

10. Jaxson de Ville (NR): Not only did the team’s mascot do a flip and ziplined off one of the light towers before the game, he also paid off a bet with the Colts mascot and got pelted by 40 paintballs after the game.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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