Every week, Pro Football Focus hands out grades to the best and worst of any given game. For the Jacksonville Jaguars preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks was named the player of the game.
That's not so surprising. In his recap article, Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo made sure to credit the entire Jaguars defensive line as dominating, but said Marks stood out from the rest:
"The starters set the tone as Marks got off to a great start this preseason with a +5.0 on only 11 snaps that included a hit, two hurries, a forced fumble, and a stop in the run game ... [he made] an impact as a pass rusher and in the run game."
What is a little more surprising is that Marks graded out better than any other player in Week 1 of the preseason. The only other player who came close was Oakland Raiders linebacker Justin Cole, who graded out at a 4.9 overall.
A big reason for Palazzolo's high grade is Marks' efficiency. He made a significant play on the ball in 45% of the plays he was on the field. That's an incredibly high percentage, and if head coach Gus Bradley had left him in for longer his rating might have gone down.
But even if Marks saw double the amount of snaps, I believe he still would've been graded the best player in the Jaguars preseason opener, and one of the top players of the week.