Jaguars vs. Rams: Looking at the advanced metrics

Dilip Vishwanat

How did the Jaguars players grade out by the advanced numbers?

The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of many teams who have an analytics department now, so we'll take a look at some of the advanced metrics after games this season to see how players did. So let's take a look at Pro Football Focus and see how they graded out the players and if it meshed with what we saw on the field.

Who fared well:

Russell Allen: Long considered a solid depth linebacker for the Jaguars, Allen has emerged as one of the best players on the Jaguars defense. After earning a +3.4 grade against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4, he earned a +2.4 against the Rams and is now ranked as PFF's best 4-3 outside linebacker, a ranking that often featured Daryl Smith near the top. Particularly strong on Sunday was his ability in coverage, where he earned a +1.5 grade against the Rams.

Austin Pasztor: Following the trade of Eugene Monroe, there was much hand-wringing associated with the thought of starting a second-year undrafted player with little experience against Rams defensive end Chris Long. Pasztor certainly didn't dominate on Sunday, but his +0.8 grade was the third-best earned by an offensive player and pass blocking grade was the best on the offensive line.

Who fared poorly:

Cameron Bradfield: While Pasztor was relatively impressive, Bradfield was overwhelmed on the left side when he was forced into action in the place of Luke Joeckel. He earned a -6.2 grade, the worst on the team, as he struggled in both pass and run blocking. A starter in 12 games at right tackle in 2012, Bradfield was an up-and-down player that recorded three games of +2.0 or higher and three games of -3.0 or lower.

Tyson Alualu: The return to the 5-technique was supposed to revive the career of the former top 10 pick, but he simply hasn't been very good, earning negative grades in each of the first five games of the season. He earned his worst grade on Sunday, -3.1, despite earning credit for three hurries of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Through five games, he ranks as PFF's worst 4-3 defensive end, although he doesn't play in the most traditional role.

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