The Jacksonville Jaguars are slowly building their roster. They've started rookies at 13 of 22 positions on offense and defense, and as such don't have a lot of players in the national spotlight. With the exception of Sen'Derrick Marks, they might not have a Pro Bowl selection this year.
But according to Pro Football Focus, one young offensive lineman for the Jaguars is having an incredibly good season.
Brandon Linder is the lone Jaguars player on Pro Football Focus' Pro Bowl Roster for 2014. According to their ratings, he's the sixth-best guard out of players who have been in on at least 75% of their respective team's snaps. His pass-blocking, according to PFF, is his strength as he's earned an overall grade of 10.3 this season, fourth-best in the league.
Breakdown: No change here from our earlier Pro Bowl cheat sheet. Yanda has been superb all year in arguably his finest season as a Pro, being one half of a tremendous tandem in Baltimore. As for the three rookies making the list, that just goes to show it’s not just the wide receivers who look like a special group from the 2014 draft class.
Linder is certainly deserving of some recognition, but what about Sen'Derrick Marks? According to PFF's own ratings, he's the fifth-best defensive tackle in the league.
Their reason for not including him, and other interior linemen who may have been deserving, is that they wanted to take some of the guys balloted as defensive ends and slot them there, given how they're used as interior defenders.