The Jacksonville Jaguars have been at the bottom of the AFC South for about a decade now, but that doesn’t mean their roster is completely trash. Case in point: Pro Football Focus made a list of every “secret superstar” for every team and Brandon Linder is the pick for the Jaguars.
What puts an interior offensive lineman above the likes of a Telvin Smith or a Yannick Ngakoue? Here’s what Pro Football Focus says:
C Brandon Linder
2016 snaps: 909
Key stat: 108 of Jacksonville’s 392 total carries went immediately to the left or right of Linder’s block in the middle of the line.
Linder is one of the league’s more underrated players, ranking fifth over the year with a PFF grade of 87.6 overall after his second fine season in three years. On both occasions that Linder has played 900 or more snaps in his career he has graded well as a run blocker and a pass protector. He allowed 13 total pressures in 2016 and was flagged just twice all year, both coming in one game against Tennessee.
I tend to be a little more conservative on Linder’s play as a whole, but I still think he’s very good. Pro Football Focus would have him as a Pro Bowl player at that ranking, and while I think he’s good I think he’s just out of that range.
What do you think? Is Linder the team’s “secret superstar” or is there another player you’d give that label to?