Jaguars vs. Raiders 2013: Looking at the advanced metrics

Brian Bahr

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:

Geno Hayes: In his Monday press conference, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley praised the free agent signing for having a good game and said that "he really stepped up." PFF agreed with Bradley, giving Hayes a +2.1 grade, the highest on the Jaguars defense. He was particularly good when he dropped into pass coverage on 32 of his 64 snaps in the game.

Clay Harbor: One of the newest Jaguars, the former Eagles tight end was only in on 13 offensive snaps on Sunday yet earned the third-best grade on the offense. He also contributed on 23 special teams snaps, but really caught eyes for being the targeted receiver on four of the nine pass plays he was in for. He finished the game with three receptions for 34 yards and the team's only touchdown of the season.

Who fared poorly:

Jordan Todman: The preseason darling of 2013, Todman essentially earned his spot on the roster with 223 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 29 carries in exhibition play. Against the Raiders he gained just seven yards on five carries, but was even worse as a pass blocker. Of his -3.5 grade, -1.8 came from his inability to protect the passer.

Jason Babin: The LEO was supposed to be a natural fit for the pass rusher who accumulated 18 sacks in the "Wide 9" role with the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Jaguars, that hasn't come to fruition and was particularly bad on Sunday against the Raiders. He earned a -2.7 grade, the worst on the defense, and was the subject of two penalties for the Jaguars.

Interesting note: The struggles of the Jaguars offensive line has been apparent through two weeks, but the holes seem very different than Week 1. While Will Rackley and Luke Joeckel earned essentially the same negative scores they did against the Chiefs, Brad Meester went from -1.6 to +1.9 and Uche Nwaneri went from +0.0 to +2.4. Heading in the other direction was Eugene Monroe, who improved as a run blocker, but dropped from +1.6 to -1.1 as a pass blocker.

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