Jacksonville Jaguars: Demetrius McCray

Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, which means all three will have to be on the active roster, because Stanzi is ineligible for the practice squad. Stanzi should start the season as the No. 2 because he’s more ready to play than Bortles, but that will likely flip-flop at some point. Stephen Morris is a practice squad candidate.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

If the Jags elect to keep only four backs, Todman and Johnson likely would battle for the final spot. That is assuming Robinson continues to be very good in camp. He might end up getting more playing time than any of the other backs after Gerhart if he shows he can be a reliable pass-catcher. Johnson has to prove he can pass block and doesn’t have problems with ball security.

RECEVIERS (6)

The first four players should be locks, but it will be an interesting competition for the final two spots among Brown, Taylor, free-agent signee Tandon Doss, undrafted rookie Allen Hurns, and former practice-squad player Chad Bumphis. Doss missed most of the organized team activities and minicamp because of a calf injury, allowing Taylor, Bumphis and Hurns to get valuable reps. Doss was not a consistent receiver in his three seasons in Baltimore and has more value as a returner, but Sanders’ strength is as a punt returner and the Jags have other options at kickoff returner. I have Taylor narrowly beating out Hurns because of his experience, but I can easily see that being flipped if the Jags want to add more size. Hurns is 6-foot-3; Taylor is 6-0.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Jensen flashed during OTAs and gets the edge over three other players. He’s a big kid (6-6, 270) who is a raw version of Lewis, one of the league’s best blocking tight ends. Jensen will need a year or two to develop and likely will be used as an extra blocker more than a pass-catcher.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Some of the battles for starting jobs along the line are going to be intriguing during camp. Joeckel and Beadles are safe, but every other spot is up for grabs. Even Pasztor, who started 12 games last season, is uncertain because we don’t know how his surgically repaired shoulder will hold up during camp. If it’s fine, then he will win the starting job at right tackle. McClendon and Linder are battling for the right guard spot, and Brewster is going to have to hold off Bowanko and two others to be the starter at center. Bradfield has value because he can play both tackle spots.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

This should be the biggest upgraded position on the roster thanks to the additions of Clemons, Bryant and Hood. Despite public perception, Alualu isn’t on the bubble for two reasons: He played solidly last season, and there really isn’t anyone else on the roster as talented as he is to back up Bryant. The Jags are excited about Smith, who could end up playing more than Davis as the No. 3 LEO (hybrid end/linebacker) by the time the season is over.

LINEBACKERS (6)

Either John Lotulelei or J.T. Thomas, two key special teams players last season, could stick if the Jaguars decide to keep an extra linebacker instead of five cornerbacks, or if Hayes’ surgically repaired knee doesn’t respond well. Reynolds did a solid job subbing for Watson (groin) during OTAs and minicamp at the new OTTO position (replaces strongside linebacker).

CORNERBACKS (5)

The Jags will have to decide whether to keep fourth-year player Mike Harris or Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. The 6-2, 185-pound Jeremy Harris is a better fit for what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks than the 5-10, 188-pound Mike Harris, who was a member of former GM Gene Smith’s final draft class. Blackmon has been working inside as well, which also makes Mike Harris expendable. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.

SAFETIES (4)
Chris Prosinski has seemingly been a bubble player since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, but there is too much competition for him to survive this time. Martin started 36 games for Carolina in his first five seasons, and that experience gives him the edge. Evans seems to be the name everyone mentions when talking about the first Caldwell draft pick to get cut, but though he might lose his starting job to Guy, he’s likely to stick around at least another year.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.

Jacksonville Jaguars mailbag

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Have questions about the Jacksonville Jaguars? I’ll try to answer a representative selection of them every Saturday. Submit your questions via Twitter to @ESPNdirocco.

@ESPNdirocco: If Aaron Colvin's torn ACL wasn't landing him on the PUP list to begin the season then I think Jeremy Harris wouldn't make the roster. But with Colvin unavailable, it opens a spot on the roster and Jeremy Harris and Mike Harris will battle for it. Mike Harris is a Gene Smith pick and really doesn't fit the bigger physical profile that coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks. Jeremy Harris missed his rookie season with a back injury but got a lot of work during organized team activities and minicamp along with fellow 2013 seventh-round pick Demetrius McCray. I think he makes it over Mike Harris.

@ESPNdirocco: It could happen before the season starts, but I think a more reasonable time frame would be sometime in the first half of the season. There have been preliminary discussions, and the Jaguars do want to have Cecil Shorts around long term, but how quickly the deal gets done depends on what Shorts believes he's worth. I agree with the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran that a general starting point would be the three-year, $13 million ($8.5 million guaranteed) deal Seattle gave Doug Baldwin, which is a little more than $4 million per year. Things might get delayed if Shorts wants No. 1 receiver money. He is the Jaguars' top receiver, but he's not a No. 1 receiver by NFL standards.

@ESPNdirocco: I think we can eliminate Red Bryant, Roy Miller, Tyson Alualu, Abry Jones, Chris Smith and Ryan Davis. Bryant being on that list might be a surprise to some, but remember, the end spot he plays doesn't produce a lot of sacks. Besides, Bryant has just 3.5 sacks in his six-year career. Chris Clemons and Andre Branch are a definite, and I think Sen'Derrick Marks hits that mark, too. He had four last season despite playing way too many snaps. The addition of Ziggy Hood will cut Marks' reps down and he will theoretically be fresher and even more productive. Hood is intriguing because the Jags signed him to play inside, which is where he played at Missouri. The Steelers had him playing end in his first five seasons.

@ESPNdirocco: They still live in the Jacksonville area.

@ESPNdirocco: I'll give you one definite thing to be excited about and one potential thing that could really energize Jaguars fans. The defensive line is much better, especially when it comes to rushing the passer. The Jaguars finished last in the NFL in sacks in each of the past two seasons, but the addition of Clemons and Dekoda Watson (who will play the new OTTO position) and the continued development of Andre Branch should result in more pressure on the quarterback. Adding Bryant and Hood will help in run defense, too. As for the potential excitement, how about Denard Robinson? He dropped just one pass in nine OTAs and a three-day minicamp. If he is indeed able to be used in the passing game, the Jaguars will have a dynamic edge playmaker.

@ESPNdirocco: Because he has earned it. He's a good special teams player and he was solid enough as a safety to warrant making the team for the past three seasons. That being said, I think his spot is in jeopardy this year. The Jaguars brought in several undrafted safeties, including Craig Loston and Jerome Junior, and signed Sherrod Martin, who started 36 games for Carolina from 2009-12. Chris Prosinski needs to have a very good camp to make the team..

The Jacksonville Jaguars are off until they have to report for training camp July 24. For some, the break will be relaxing. For others, there's probably a little bit of anxiety. Maybe they didn't perform well in OTAs or minicamp, or because of the development of other players they know they're going to be on the bubble in August. They may not necessarily be front-line players, but they've played key roles in the past. Each day this week I'll take a quick look at one of those players who's going to have a lot to prove in camp.

CB Mike Harris

Why he'll make the team: After Alan Ball (86 games) and Will Blackmon (58 games), no Jaguars cornerback has played in more games than Harris (31). That experience makes him a valuable contributor to the secondary, which for the most part is stocked with younger talent. He also is a valuable special teams player, having blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown as a rookie in 2012 and making three tackles on special teams last season. Blackmon has experience both outside and inside, where he has lined up against slot receivers. That's valuable versatility.

Why he should be worried: Harris, who was a sixth-round pick by Gene Smith in 2012, doesn't exactly fit the prototype of what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks: long and physical. Harris is 5-feet-10, which isn't small, but he is the shortest cornerback on the roster. He doesn't have particularly long arms, either (32 1/4 inches). While not getting bogged down too much in measurable, consider this: There are guys who play bigger than their size, but Harris isn't one of them. Plus, the Jaguars have been impressed with Demetrius McCray (6-0, 185), the team's seventh-round pick in 2013. He has been working with the second unit.

The bottom line: It'll be interesting to see how much playing time Harris gets during training camp, but it appears the Jaguars want to get Blackmon into the nickelback role. McCray appears to be headed up the depth chart, too. Harris' ability to play inside can't be overlooked, but he's going to have to hold off several players to keep his job.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars begin offseason conditioning on Wednesday. There is minimal on-field work allowed and only strength and conditioning coaches allowed on the field, so there’s not much football coaching going on.

But this is the first look at the 2014 Jaguars. They’ll look a lot different after next month’s draft, but here’s an early look at the offensive depth chart. The offensive depth chart appeared Monday:

Defensive line

Starters: LDE Red Bryant, DT Roy Miller, DT Sen'Derrick Marks, LEO Chris Clemons.

Reserves: DE Tyson Alualu, DE Ryan Davis, DT Ziggy Hood, DT Abry Jones, DT Jordan Miller, DT Drake Nevis, LEO Jason Babin, LEO Andre Branch, LEO Gerald Rivers.

The defensive line got a serious upgrade in free agency with the additions of Bryant, Clemons and Hood, who also can play end. It needed it, especially against the run (29th in the NFL last season). Bryant will be a big help there because he plays the end spot that’s main responsibility is setting the edge and stopping the run. The pass rush is better, too, though both Clemons and Babin are in their 30s and the team will likely draft a pass-rusher -- possibly Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack in the first round -- at some point in the draft. The depth at tackle needs to be addressed, too.

Linebacker

Starters: WLB Geno Hayes, MLB Paul Posluszny, SLB Dekoda Watson.

Reserves: OLB John Lotulelei. OLB LaRoy Reynolds, MLB Nate Stupar, OLB J.T. Thomas.

The signing of Watson didn’t get much attention outside of Jacksonville but it could turn out to be one the team’s best acquisitions of the offseason. He’s going to play strongside linebacker on first and second down and then move to leo on third down to give the Jaguars a chance to get four pass-rushers on the field at one time. Posluszny is a tackling machine and Hayes should be better in 2014 after playing through a knee injury in 2013 and undergoing offseason surgery. The backups were big special-teams contributors.

Cornerback

Starters: LCB Dwayne Gratz, RCB Alan Ball.

Reserves: Will Blackmon, Mike Harris, Jamell Fleming, Jeremy Harris, Demetrius McCray.

Re-signing Blackmon was a good move because he can play either spot as a fill-in starter and also play a nickelback. Plus, he and Ball -- one of the team’s top free-agent signings last year -- have become the leaders of a pretty young group of corners. With the exception of those two players, the other corners have been in the league two or fewer years. Gratz is the player they’re counting on to make a big jump in his second season. Just because the Jaguars are happy with their top four corners doesn’t mean they won’t draft one, though.

Safety

Starters: SS Johnathan Cyprien, FS Josh Evans.

Reserves: Winston Guy, Chris Prosinski, Sherrod Martin, Joe Young.

Coach Gus Bradley said after the season he was surprised at Cyprien’s cover skills and he’s expecting big things from him in his second season. Evans was thrust into a starting role before he was ready last season and really struggled. Guy came on late in the season and the competition between the two for the starting job will be an interesting one to watch.
ORLANDO -- Fourteen Jacksonville Jaguars received performance-based incentives of more than $100,000, led by rookie safety Josh Evans.

Evans, a sixth-round pick out of Florida in 2013, was thrust into a starting role because Dwight Lowery sustained a concussion in a Week 3 loss to Seattle. Evans was expected to spend the season in a reserve role but instead ended up playing 653 of a possible 1,016 snaps (64.3 percent). That additional playing time earned him $181,381.06 to bring his total compensation for 2013 to $437,205.

Performance-based pay compensates players whose playing time was much higher than what their salary would have paid. Players whose base salaries are very low -- which is usually low-round draft picks and undrafted free agents –--stand to earn the most money under the program.

In addition to Evans, the following players earned more than $100,000: offensive tackle Austin Pasztor ($175,996.58), offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield ($155,588.53), receiver Mike Brown ($142,384.82), cornerback Will Blackmon ($134,617,61), cornerback Alan Ball ($129,120.82), receiver Ace Sanders ($127,592.32), safety Winston Guy ($112,796.88), cornerback Mike Harris ($110,352.63), fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou ($108,097.31), safety Johnathan Cyprien ($108,018.59), receiver Cecil Shorts ($104,795.99), cornerback Demetrius McCray ($104,681.44) and tight end Clay Harbor ($102,227.69).

On the other end of the spectrum was running back Delone Carter, who received $182.17.

Jaguars players received a total of $3.46 million in performance-based pay, which is the league limit for each team. However, the players will not be paid until April 1, 2016.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars re-signing cornerback Will Blackmon to a two-year deal may fly under the radar nationally, but it’s a key move that the team needed to make.

The 29-year-old Blackmon had the best season of his career in 2013, playing in 15 games (eight starts) and making 40 tackles with one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery after signing a one-year contract with the Jaguars days before the final preseason game.

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But it’s more than what he did on the field that makes him valuable. Coach Gus Bradley consistently praised Blackmon for his leadership in the meeting room and presence in the locker room. That’s important because seven of the 10 defensive backs on the roster have two or fewer years of experience.

Cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz and Demetrius McCray were rookies in 2013. So were safeties Josh Evans and Johnathan Cyprien. Cornerbacks Mike Harris and Jamell Fleming and safety Winston Guy are entering their third seasons. Safety Chris Prosinski is entering his fourth.

Blackmon is entering his eighth season and cornerback Alan Ball, who signed last March, is entering his seventh.

Blackmon helped Gratz handle missing five games after suffering a high ankle sprain in the season opener. Evans was forced to play much more than anticipated after a concussion to Dwight Lowery and Blackmon helped him learn on the fly.

Blackmon may end up not being on the field as much in 2014, especially if the Jaguars sign cornerback Walter Thurmond, but it’s still a valuable signing.
Here is the ninth of a 10-part series breaking down the Jacksonville Jaguars' free-agency needs, position by position:

Cornerback

Blackmon
Who’s on the roster: Alan Ball, Will Blackmon, Jamell Fleming, Dwayne Gratz, Mike Harris and Demetrius McCray.

Analysis: The Jaguars are pretty solid at this spot, especially if the team re-signs Blackmon, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week. Ball was signed as a free agent last year, and were it not for the play of defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks would have been tabbed as GM David Caldwell’s best signing. Ball started 15 games, led the team with 14 pass breakups, and intercepted two passes. Gratz, the team’s third-round pick, missed six games with ankle injuries, but started eight games and showed development despite the injuries. Blackmon was signed just before the final preseason game and worked as a punt returner and started eight games. Harris worked as a fifth defensive back and provided solid depth. The group’s biggest issue was it didn’t make many big plays and had several instances, notably against Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, where it gave up game-changing plays.

NFL free agents of interest: Sam Shields, Walter Thurmond and Javier Arenas.

Need meter: 3. The Jaguars don’t have to address cornerback in free agency or in the draft because they have more pressing needs elsewhere on defense, notably pass-rusher and outside linebacker. If Gratz remains healthy and Blackmon is re-signed, the duo can combine with Ball to give the Jaguars three solid options. If one of the better corners remains unsigned later in free agency the Jaguars might get involved, especially if the price is reasonable.

2013 position review: Cornerbacks

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Each day for the next two weeks we’ll review how each position group performed in 2013, and take an early look at 2014. Today we’ll examine the cornerbacks. We did defensive ends on Monday, defensive tackles on Tuesday, and linebackers on Wednesday.

Cornerbacks

Breakdown of starts: Alan Ball (15), Will Blackmon (8), Dwayne Gratz (8), Mike Harris (2), Demetrius McCray (1).

Recap: General manager David Caldwell did very good work in assembling the secondary, especially at cornerback. He signed Ball to a two-year deal and the six-year veteran responded by being the Jaguars’ most consistent corner. Caldwell added Blackmon just days before the final preseason game and he became the unit’s leader and played very well as a spot starter and stand-in punt returner.

Caldwell drafted Gratz in the third round and, while the rookie battled through two ankle injuries that cost him six games, he showed flashes of potential.

The group combined for five interceptions (two each by Gratz and Ball and one by Blackmon) and 29 pass breakups, including a team-high 13 from Ball.

Looking ahead to 2014

Players under contract: Ball, Gratz, Harris, McCray, Jamell Fleming, Jeremy Harris.

The skinny: Expect very little change in this position group. Ball and Gratz should be the starters in 2014 with Harris working in a nickel back role. The only question will be whether the Jaguars re-sign Blackmon. There is interest on both sides and it’s a move that would be a huge benefit for the Jaguars. Blackmon’s leadership in a relatively young secondary meeting room has been one of the things that coach Gus Bradley raved about last season.

The intriguing player is McCray, the Jaguars’ seventh-round pick in 2013. The 6-0, 185-pounder played mainly on special teams but held his own during the few snaps he got on defense. His development may allow him to challenge Mike Harris for playing time.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A look at snaps played by Jacksonville Jaguars defenders in Sunday's 30-10 loss to Indianapolis, while analyzing what it means:

LB J.T. Thomas: 70 of 70

S Johnathan Cyprien: 70 of 70

LB Paul Posluszny: 69 of 70

CB Will Blackmon: 66 of 70

CB Alan Ball: 63 of 70

DT Sen'Derrick Marks: 53 of 70

DE Tyson Alualu: 48 of 70

DE Jason Babin: 44 of 70

S Winston Guy: 38 of 70

DT Kyle Love: 37 of 70

CB Mike Harris: 33 of 70

DE Andre Branch: 33 of 70

S Josh Evans: 32 of 70

LB LaRoy Reynolds: 25 of 70

DT Jordan Miller: 19 of 70

DT Abry Jones: 17 of 70

DE Ryan Davis: 16 of 70

DT Drake Nevis: 16 of 70

DB Demetrius McCray: 9 of 70

LB John Lotulelei: 9 of 70

S Chris Prosinski: 2 of 70

LB Nate Stupar: 1 of 70

Analysis: Thomas made the second start of his career and never left the field on defense. He has played in all but 13 snaps the last two weeks. He played just 18 of 76 snaps against Buffalo. ... Nevis and Love were acquired early last week and combined for six tackles. ... The Jaguars started the game in nickel and played it for much of the game. Harris played nearly as many snaps against the Colts as he did in the last two games combined (37). ... Reynolds made six tackles and broke up one pass in his 25 snaps. ... Babin had a sack and finished the season with the team lead (7.5). Branch was second with six.

Jaguars rookie evaluations

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Now that the Jaguars have reached the midpoint of the season, it's time to take a look at how the 10 rookies on the roster have fared and project their impact in the second half.

S Johnathan Cyprien: He is one of only two players to have been on the field for every defensive snap. He's third on the team with 47 tackles and has forced three fumbles. The second-round pick from Florida International is the physical presence the team wants in the secondary, but he's still getting out of position too often and missing too many tackles. He needs to become more consistent.

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AP Photo/Phelan M. EbenhackJaguars rookies Josh Evans, left, and Johnathan Cyprien need to capitalize on opportunities to make big plays.
S Josh Evans: The sixth-round pick from Florida has played every snap since stepping in for an injured Dwight Lowery against Seattle. It's trial by fire for Evans, who wasn't expected to see this much action this season. But there was no point in taking him out after Lowery's injury. He's having the same problems as Cyprien: He's not cashing in on chances to make big plays. Things are beginning to slow down for Evans (34 tackles) but he has to do a better job of translating his work on the practice field to Sundays.

CB Dwayne Gratz: Gratz started the season opener but suffered a high ankle sprain and missed the next five games. He is slowly working back into the lineup The injury obviously delayed his development and Will Blackmon is playing well enough that Gratz may continue to work as an extra defensive back or sub for a drive or two each game.

DT Abry Jones: The undrafted free agent from Georgia earned praise from head coach Gus Bradley toward the end of the preseason but has played in only three games. He has made just one tackle. Jones' playing time likely won't increase in the second half of the season.

LB John Lotulelei: Lotulelei, an undrafted free agent from UNLV, has played just one snap on defense since the team claimed him off waivers from Seattle on Oct. 3 but has been a big contributor on special teams. He has only one tackle but has already forced a fumble. Don't expect to see him on defense much in the second half of the season.

CB Demetrius McCray: The Jaguars' seventh-round pick has played in six games but got the bulk of his playing time on defense against Seattle (65 plays) because of an injury to Alan Ball. He has five tackles and two pass breakups but is also a key special teams player. Unless there's a rash of injuries, McCray won't play much defense at all in the second half (since the 65 plays vs. Seattle, he has played just five snaps).

LB LaRoy Reynolds: The undrafted free agent from Virginia has not played a snap on defense but is third on the team in special teams tackles (five). At some point the team may want to give him a look on defense late in the season, but his main role is as a special teams player.

WR Denard Robinson: The team was struggling to find a role for the fifth-round pick from Michigan. They tried him at receiver and wildcat quarterback, but issues with his hands ended those experiments. They seem to have settled on him as a running back and he got the most action of his career last week against San Francisco (11 snaps, four carries for 15 yards). He'll get more work behind Maurice Jones-Drew in the second half of the season.

WR/PR Ace Sanders: The fourth-round pick from South Carolina has had an up-and-down first half. He played a lot of snaps and caught 16 passes, but he had several drops the first few games. He also had a punt return for a touchdown called back because of a penalty. He then suffered a concussion against Denver and missed the San Diego game. With Mike Brown's emergence, Sanders played just four snaps on offense against San Francisco. He'll get more snaps on offense than that, but certainly not as many as early in the season. He's also convinced he'll take a punt back for a TD, which is the main role for which the Jaguars drafted him.

LS Carson Tinker: The undrafted free agent from Alabama beat out veteran Jeremy Cain to win the job and has been largely anonymous -- which is what you want out of your long snapper because that means he's doing his job -- with the exception of one bad snap against Denver.

Dumb penalties derail Jags' defense

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In defining the style of play coach Gus Bradley is trying to instill in the Jaguars, he mentioned four characteristics:

He wants the Jaguars to play with toughness, effort, enthusiasm and intelligence.

Until this past Sunday’s loss to San Diego the Jaguars hadn’t had any trouble accomplishing the first three. However, the players have certainly struggled with the last, especially on defense.

The latest was Sunday against the Chargers, when defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a Chargers lineman in the helmet after the play. The penalty came after Ronnie Brown’s 1-yard run and turned what would have been third-and-33 into a first down.

The Chargers scored a touchdown seven plays later and took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter of a game they would go on to win 24-6.

Marks said he was angry because he was being held on the drive but that doesn’t excuse what he did.

"I just went over and I actually did push his helmet and was like, 'Dude, don’t hold me no more,' but the ref said I tried to poke him in the eye," Marks said. "It was all on me because I did turn and walk back to him. I accept all the blame for that. That whole penalty was my fault and that continuation of the drive was all my fault."

If Marks doesn’t commit that penalty, do the Jaguars win the game? Probably not because the defense had trouble stopping the Chargers' offense all day. But the Jaguars may have been able to take advantage of good field position for at least another field goal. They started their first six drives between their 20- and 31-yard lines.

The problem is that the penalty was committed in the first place. It’s the latest in a string of stupid penalties that have hurt the defense. The unit has committed 10 costly penalties that have either helped an opponent’s scoring drive or nullified an interception. With the exception of one pass interference call, the rest are discipline penalties -- meaning smart teams don’t make them.

Here’s a look at each one:

San Diego

Marks is penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a Chargers lineman in the helmet. The penalty wiped out what would have been a third-and-33 play. San Diego eventually scored a touchdown for a 14-0 lead.

Denver
  • Defensive end Andre Branch is penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after getting into a shoving match following Peyton Manning’s 4-yard completion to Knowshon Moreno on third-and-14. The Broncos got 15 yards and a first down and went on to score a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead.
  • Safety Josh Evans was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting after Moreno was stopped 2 yards shy of the end zone on second-and-goal. Instead of third-and-goal from the 2, the Broncos had first-and-goal from the 1. They eventually scored a touchdown to take a 21-12 lead in the third quarter. Had Evans not been penalized, the Jaguars’ defense would have only had to hold for one more play to force a field goal and a more manageable 17-12 deficit.
Indianapolis
  • Defensive end Jason Babin lined up offside and the penalty nullified Will Blackmon’s interception on the fourth offensive snap of the game. The Jaguars would have had the ball at the Indianapolis 43-yard line.
  • Defensive end Tyson Alualu lined up offside on Adam Vinatieri’ s 51-yard field goal attempt. Vinatieri took advantage of the extra 5 yards and made the kick from 46 yards for a 20-3 lead in the second quarter. A penalty, a negative-yardage pass play, a sack and a short pass play had moved the Colts from the 15 to the 33.
Seattle
  • Cornerback Demetrius McCray was penalized 25 yards for pass interference to the Jaguars’ 5-yard line. Four plays later the Seahawks kicked a field goal to go ahead 17-3.
  • Babin jumped offside on third-and-5 from the Jacksonville 28. The Seahawks scored a touchdown on the next play for a 31-0 lead in the third quarter.
Oakland
  • Babin is penalized 15 yards for a personal foul that turns a second-and-9 situation into a first down. The Raiders scored three plays later to take a 7-0 lead.
  • Tight end D.J. Williams lines up offside when Oakland is punting on fourth-and-4 from its own 46. That extended a drive that eventually ended with Sebastian Janikowski's 30-yard field goal for a 13-3 lead.
  • Babin is penalized 5 yards for illegal use of hands, which wipes out an incomplete pass on third-and-9 from the Jacksonville 24. The Raiders get a first down and eventually kick another field goal to go ahead 16-3.

Defensive snaps: Gratz returns

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A look at snaps played by Jacksonville Jaguars defenders in Sunday’s 24-6 loss to San Diego, while analyzing what it means:

S Josh Evans 71 of 71

LB Paul Posluszny 71 of 71

S Johnathan Cyprien 71 of 71

LB Geno Hayes 71 of 71

CB Alan Ball 65 of 71

DE Tyson Alualu 63 of 71

DT Sen’Derrick Marks 56 of 71

CB Will Blackmon 52 of 71

DE Jason Babin 49 of 71

DT Roy Miller 43 of 71

CB Mike Harris 36 of 71

LB Russell Allen 35 of 71

DE Andre Branch 31 of 71

DT Brandon Deaderick 29 of 71

CB Dwayne Gratz 21 of 71

DT Abry Jones 13 of 71

DB Demetrius McCray 2 of 71

S Winston Guy 1 of 71

Analysis: Gratz made his return from a high ankle sprain that he suffered in the season opener and the Jaguars eased him into the lineup. Blackmon started in his place. Gratz could return to the starting lineup this week against San Francisco in London. ... Posluszny led the Jaguars with 14 tackles, including 13 solo. … The Jaguars managed just one sack (Marks) and it came before the Chargers lost two offensive tackles to injuries. … Babin was largely invisible despite playing 49 snaps. He didn’t have a tackle but did hit Philip Rivers once.

Defensive snaps: Lots of Cover-2

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A look at snaps played by Jacksonville Jaguars defenders in Sunday’s 35-19 loss to Denver, while analyzing what it means:

S Josh Evans 74 of 74

LB Paul Posluszny 74 of 74

S Johnathan Cyprien 74 of 74

LB Geno Hayes 74 of 74

CB Will Blackmon 69 of 74

CB Alan Ball 68 of 74

DT Sen’Derrick Marks 61 of 74

DE Tyson Alualu 59 of 74

DE Jason Babin 52 of 74

DE Andre Branch 45 of 74

CB Mike Harris 43 of 74

DT Roy Miller 32 of 74

DT Brandon Deaderick 31 of 74

LB Russell Allen 31 of 74

DT Abry Jones 21 of 74

S Chris Prosinski 5 of 74

DB Demetrius McCray 1 of 74

Analysis: The Jaguars played almost exclusively Cover-2 in an effort to keep Peyton Manning and the Broncos from making big plays down the field. They played mainly five defensive backs, with Prosinski and McCray on the field for only a handful of snaps. … Marks continues to play the majority of snaps, but it’s hard to argue with him being on the field that much because he has been the Jaguars’ best defensive lineman all season. He had a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery on Sunday. … The Jaguars rushed four or less all but once and only managed to hit Manning once (Cyprien). … Branch’s snap total was a season high. He sat out just two snaps after being penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and giving the Broncos a first down.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A look at snaps played by Jacksonville Jaguars defenders in Sunday’s 34-20 loss to Indianapolis, while analyzing what it means:

S Josh Evans 73 of 73

LB Paul Posluszny 73 of 73

S Johnathan Cyprien 73 of 73

CB Alan Ball 73 of 73

CB Will Blackmon 72 of 73

LB Geno Hayes 72 of 73

DE Tyson Alualu 58 of 73

DT Sen’Derrick Marks 53 of 73

LB Russell Allen 52 of 73

DE Jason Babin DE 52 of 73

DT Roy Miller 48 of 73

DE Andre Branch 37 of 73

DT Brandon Deaderick 33 of 73

CB Mike Harris 21 of 73

DT Abry Jones 9 of 73

S Winston Guy 2 of 73

LB J.T. Thomas 1 of 73

DB Demetrius McCray 1 of 73

Analysis: Rookie safety Josh Evans has not come off the field on defense since he replaced Dwight Lowery on the third defensive snap against Seattle. While he’s making mistakes, the experience he’s gaining is invaluable. Evans played three snaps in the season opener and one in the second game against Oakland. Don’t be surprised if Evans remains the starter when Lowery (concussion) is cleared to return. … Coach Gus Bradley said Alualu took a step forward in Week 4 against Indianapolis and was rewarded with a season-high 58 snaps. The switch from tackle to end has been a slow adjustment. … Branch was credited with one of the Jaguars’ two sacks, but he was just the player who touched Sam Bradford after he tripped over a teammate’s ankle. … Jones made his season debut.

Defensive snaps: Marks gets a lot

September, 30, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A look at snaps played by Jacksonville Jaguars defenders in Sunday’s 37-3 loss to Indianapolis, while analyzing what it means: Analysis: Marks continues to play a high number of snaps. He has been on the field for 90 percent of the Jaguars’ defensive snaps this season, which is a significantly high number for a defensive tackle. You’d like the division between the three who played against the Colts (Marks, Miller and Deaderick) to be more equitable. … Babin committed three penalties in his 43 snaps, two offside and one for roughing the passer. … Blackmon knocked away four passes and notched his first career interception. Despite being someone the team signed on Aug. 26, he has settled in nicely and has played well. Once Dwayne Gratz (high ankle sprain) returns, Blackmon will lose his starting job but he’ll still see some time in the secondary.

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