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Jaguars top 10: Not much on defense

10/21/2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars took a giant step backward on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

The team came out flat and coach Gus Bradley said he saw a lack of effort for the first time this season. The Jaguars regressed and ruined the progress they had made against St. Louis and Denver.

It also made it tough to come up with the weekly list of the top 10 playmakers. Not many to pick from on defense after the Chargers rolled up 434 yards. Philip Rivers completed 22 of 26 passes and Ryan Mathews rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown.

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 (5): Brown put up the first 100-yard game of his career (five catches for 120 yards), thanks mainly to a 43-yard catch and run. He was targeted eight times against the Chargers, which shows how far along he is in his conversion from college quarterback. He has been a pleasant surprise this season and has 10 catches for 183 yards.

2. WR Justin Blackmon (1): He didn’t have the kind of spectacular numbers he had the past two weeks, but he still caught six passes for 58 yards. He also inadvertently provided a highlight that’s gone viral when he accidentally walloped a security guard who had his back to the field.

3. WR Cecil Shorts (NR): Shorts was targeted a team-high 13 times and caught eight passes for 80 yards. He played through a painful injury to the SC joint near his right shoulder, too. He would be higher on the list had he not dropped two potential touchdown passes.

4. QB Chad Henne (2): He threw for 318 yards and completed 23 of 36 passes and minimized mistakes. By the time he threw his only interception later in the fourth quarter the Jaguars were already down 24-6.

5. TE Marcedes Lewis (NR): He had only one catch but it was a big one: a 31-yarder in which he broke a tackle in the middle of the field. Lewis showed no sign of the calf injury that essentially kept him out for eight weeks. He helped the running game average a season-best 4.6 yards per carry.

6. RB Maurice Jones-Drew (4): He averaged a season-high 4.1 yards per carry, gaining 37 yards on nine carries. He also caught two passes for 19 yards. He wasn’t used much but he was effective when he did touch the ball.

7. LB Paul Posluszny (3): He led the Jaguars with 14 tackles (13 solo).

8. K Josh Scobee (8): He kicked field goals of 30 and 23 yards to extend his streak of consecutive field goals made in the month of October to 31.

9. RB/KR Jordan Todman (NR): Todman had a solid day returning kickoffs, averaging 31.0 yards on two returns. He is the Jaguars’ leading kick returner (29.8 average).

10. LB J.T. Thomas (NR): Even though he didn’t have any stats on Sunday, he’s still the only other Jaguars players besides Scobee to score any points at EverBank Field this season. He blocked a punt that bounced out of the back of the end zone for a safety in Week 1.