Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Jaguars top 10: Shorts overcomes woes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Don't expect to find any defensive backs on this week's top 10 Jaguars playmakers list.
Not after they allowed Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon to catch 10 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns, including a 95-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.
But there are still plenty of other players worthy of making the rankings.
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:
It's how Cecil Shorts finished against the Browns that vaulted him to the top spot in the weekly Jaguars top 10 rankings.
1. WR Cecil Shorts (7): Yes, he struggled early. Yes, he dropped two passes. But he also beat one of the NFL's best cornerbacks with a double move and caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining. Shorts finished with six catches for 64 yards.
2. DT Sen'Derrick Marks (6): He is getting mercilessly ribbed by his teammates for getting run down by an offensive lineman after recovering a fumble late in the first half, but that doesn't override the fact that he had another big game: three tackles, one sack, one pass breakup, and one forced fumble.
3. RB Maurice Jones-Drew (1): It's not the season-high 23 carries for 77 yards that gets him this high. It's his 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis. He is the first non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in franchise history.
4. WR Ace Sanders (9): So much for the rookie wall. Sanders led the Jaguars with eight catches for 67 yards, including a 25-yarder to convert a third down on the game-winning drive. Sanders had nine touches (one rush for 4 yards) and converted six first downs. He has 20 of his 36 receptions in the last three games.
5. K Josh Scobee (NR): He kicked three field goals -- from 44, 36 and 25 yards -- and is now 17-for-19 on the season. He had one blocked, and his only miss was a 60-yarder at the end of the first half against Arizona.
6. LB Paul Posluszny (5): He finished in his usual spot atop the tackles list (11) but also added a pass breakup and combined with Jason Babin on a sack.
7. DE Jason Babin (NR): He forced the fumble that Marks recovered and had 1.5 sacks.
8. QB Chad Henne (3): It wasn't his best game, but he did lead the team on the 80-yard game-winning drive. He made two huge throws on that drive, lofting a 25-yarder to Sanders on third down and hitting Shorts in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown.
9. RB/KR Jordan Todman (NR): He averaged 7.2 yards per touch, carrying five times for 31 yards and catching one pass for 12 yards. He also averaged 25 yards on two kickoff returns. He's starting to look like he did in the preseason, when he led the team in rushing.
10. P Bryan Anger (NR): He averaged 43.7 yards on seven punts and put four of them inside the 20, including three inside the 15-yard line.