The Jacksonville Jaguars have been woeful rushing the passer for nearly a decade now, and after the first two preseason games it appears it's still going to be an issue. The lack of a pass rush reared it's ugly head on Saturday night, as the team ended the night with just two hits on the quarterback and two sacks, both of which game late in the second half.
Against the Jaguars first team defense, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez setup his lawn chair in the pocket and picked apart the defense without much pressure. Starting LEO end Jason Babin was handled by D'Brickashaw Ferguson most of the game, as was any other defensive end who matched up with him.
Once again the only player who was a consistent hassle for the offensive line was defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, who's quickness off the snap has been trouble for guards in the first two preseason games.
A rather looming "stat" from the game was the fact that former second-round pick Andre Branch netted just 15 total snaps in the game, nine of which were on special teams. When Branch was in rushing the passer from the LEO position, his lack of flexibility and inability to bend around the edge was glaring.
It's going to likely be an issue all season long, which will require the Jaguars defense to do things like send linebackers and defensive backs after the quarterback, which is going to put strain on an inexperienced secondary.
Expect the Jaguars to be on the look for a veteran in final cuts, after the first regular season game, hoping to find something to assist the pass rush for this season.