Despite worst ever season, Jaguars records can fall in Week 17

Sam Greenwood

Bryan Anger can cap the best rookie season in NFL history on Sunday against the Titans.

After losing to the Patriots in Week 16, the Jaguars clinched the worst record in franchise history as they will finish with a lesser record than the 4-12 expansion Jaguars of 1995. Also, barring a 42-point victory against the Titans in Week 17, the 2012 Jaguars will have the worst point differential in the history of the team.

Regardless, there are still some individual marks that have been set by the team that will go down in Jaguars history. There are also many players on the doorstep of some franchise records that can be broken in Week 17.

Bryan Anger may be the best rookie punter ever

With four punts against the Patriots in Week 16, Bryan Anger surpassed the most in a season by a punter in Jaguars franchise history, but that's hardly his most impressive stat as the rookie is on-pace to set several records.

Not only is Anger ahead of the field to set the franchise records for gross punting average and net punting average, he is well ahead of the field to set the best ever marks for a rookie:


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All-time highest punting gross average by a rookie:

1. Brett Kern, Denver (2008) - 46.7
2. Frank Sinkwich, Detroit (1943) - 45.9
3. Shane Lechler, Oakland (2000) - 45.9

Bryan Anger, Jacksonville (2012) - 47.9

All-time highest punting net average by a rookie:

1. Matt Bosher, Atlanta (2011) - 38.9
2. T.J. Conley, New York Jets (2011) - 38.8
3. Zoltan Mesko, New England (2010) - 38.4

Bryan Anger, Jacksonville (2012) - 42.4

Justin Blackmon's rookie season

The fifth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft hasn't had an overwhelming first year in the NFL, but he did set a franchise-mark for receptions and receiving yards by a rookie. The only major rookie receiving record he didn't eclipse was the touchdown mark set by Matt Jones in 2005.

With a single touchdown on Sunday, Blackmon would tie Jones for touchdowns by a rookie in a season and can set the mark himself with two touchdowns.

Also, with just 14 yards, Blackmon can join Cecil Shorts III with more than 800 yards receiving and make the combination only the second pair of Jaguars to each go over 800 yards in a season and the first time that a pair has done it since Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell did in 2001.

With 114 yards, Blackmon would join Smith, McCardell and Shorts III as the only four receivers with more than 900 yards receiving in a season. A huge, 214-yard game would make Blackmon the first Jaguars receiver since 2005 to break 1,000 yards receiving.

Paul Posluszny's pursuit of the tackle record

The recording of tackles is a tricky thing and the official team stats don't reflect those of the stat books that you'd find online in places like NFL.com or ESPN. According to the Jaguars, the franchise record for tackles in a season on the Jaguars was set by linebacker Hardy Nickerson in 2001 when he recorded 230.

Just behind him, though, is linebacker Paul Posluszny who has recorded 214 through the first 15 games. With an average of just under 15 tackles per game, Posluszny is just under the pace to break the record but will have a chance to become the single-season tackle leader for the Jaguars if he can bring down 17 ball-carriers.

Stats online indicate Posluszny has only 100 tackles, but that is 11 more than the 89 Nickerson is credited with from 2001.

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