We continue our list of the Top-25 Jaguars of all-time. A little under 50% of you agreed with Josh Scobee at our #21 spot. The split between the "Too High"'s and "Too Low"'s was nearly dead even as well. I hope everyone got a chance to check out my player pool that has been used in making these selections. Hopefully, this will allow you some perspective when voting and/or voicing your opinions in the comments.
We now enter our Top 20 players, and while the names will likely begin to be easier to figure out, I'm sure the positioning will at times be called into question.
Here we go....
#20. Kyle Brady, TE, 1999-2006
The Jaguars signed Brady as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets in the 1999 off-season, with hopes the former first round pick would complete an already tremendous offensive unit, and Brady did just that over his eight years as a Jaguar.
Brady was never known as a "receiving" tight end, in fact he was often lambasted at times for having hands of stone. However, when called upon he more times than not made the play in the passing game. Over the course of his Jaguars career, Brady amassed 241 receptions for 2,500 yards and 13 touchdowns in the regular season. In comparison to other elite tight ends of his day, as the "pass catching tight end" evolved into more and more of a weapon, those numbers don't hold up too much. But considering that he played in offenses where he was either surrounded by elite talent at the receiver position, or asked to predominantly be a blocker on passing downs, the numbers aren't terrible. In the 2000 season, Brady set career marks for receptions (64), receiving yards (729), and average yards per game (45.6).
Where Brady really made his mark, was in both the run and pass blocking game. Often referred to as the "third tackle" on the field, he was recognized often by both local and national media alike as the best blocking tight end in the game, particularly towards the end of his career. He was essential in helping backs Fred Taylor and Maurice-Jones Drew (for a year), become one of the dominant rushing attacks in the entire NFL. Over the course of his time with the team, there was rarely an occasion where Brady missed blocks or played poorly.
What separates Brady from his successor, Marcedes Lewis, on this list is despite his low receiving statistics, Brady played at a near elite level for a true tight end for several years. His impact spanned across two eras of Jaguars football and he was vital to the successes for both the '99 AFC Championship team, as well as the rebuilt Del Rio Jaguars' return to respectability. Lewis quite simply doesn't have the same consistent play at the position overall to date, that Brady displayed.
Brady played one more season after the team opted not to re-sign him following the '06 season. He joined the New England Patriots in '07, and was a part of the Patriots' undefeated regular-season team that fell a game short of the perfect season in the Super Bowl. He retired the following off-season after the Patriots released him. Brady currently resides in Jacksonville, and currently attends law school at Florida Coastal School of Law.
The Top 25 List:
#25. Aaron Beasley, CB, 1996-2001
#24. Bryan Barker, P, 1995-2000
#23. Donovin Darius, S, 1998-2006
#22. David Garrard, QB, 2002-2010
#21. Josh Scobee, K, 2004-Present
#20. Kyle Brady, TE, 1999-2006