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Jaguars vs. Titans: PFF notes and grades after Week 17 loss

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The Jacksonville Jaguars lost and there’s a lot of blame to go around. Blake Bortles was once again disappointing, the run game couldn’t get any rhythm, our rookie receivers looked like rookies for the first time this season, and more.

How did our friends at Pro Football Focus feel we did? Let’s find out.

Week 17 Jaguars offensive stats

  • QB Blake Bortles had a horrible day against pressure on Sunday. When under pressure Bortles registered a passer rating of 0, this was the lowest by any quarterback in Week 17. He failed to complete any of his 10 pass attempts under pressure and threw two interceptions, he was only one of two quarterbacks not to complete a pass when under pressure.
  • Bortles struggled when not using play action versus the Titans. Bortles passer rating when not using play action of 24.4 was the second lowest of any quarterback, compared to his passer rating of 105.2 when using play action which was 12th best in week 17. Bortles was much more accurate when using play action also, he had a completion percentage of 75 percent using play action compared to 40 percent when not using. His difference of 35% was the second biggest differential between the two on Sunday.
  • It was a rough day in general for the Jaguars offense. TE Marcedes Lewis was the highest graded offensive player on Sunday. His PFF overall grade of 77 was the 14th best by a tight end, performing well in both the pass (72.2 receiving grade) and the run game (76.1 run block grade). Lewis caught two of his three targets for 13 yards.
  • The Jaguars receivers weren’t much help to Bortles either. WR Dede Westbrook was targeted eight times against the Titans but only had one reception for nine yards on Sunday. His WR rating of 39.6 when targeted by Bortles was the worst by any Jaguars receiver and one of the worst among all receivers in Week 17.
  • The Jaguars offensive line struggled to keep Bortles pressure free all game. Bortles was pressured on 33.3 percent of his dropbacks. The offensive line gave up 11 total pressure on Sundaywhich was the sixth most by any offensive line. Their pass-blocking efficiency of 77.1 ranked 24th out of the 32 offensive lines in Week 17.

Week 17 Jaguars defensive stats

  • Safety Tashaun Gipson was the highest graded Jaguars player in Week 17. His PFF overall grade of 87.9 was the eighth best by a safety this week. He dominated in the run game with a run defense grade of 90, his four stops in run defense were the third most by a safety on Sunday and he ranked ninth with a run stop percentage of 12.1 percent.
  • Another defender who performed well against the run was LB Telvin Smith. Smith earned a PFF overall grade of 82.6 against the Titans with an impressive 80.7 run defense grade. The linebacker’s three stops against the run were tied for the most by a 4-3 outside linebacker and his run stop percentage of 8.8 ranked 14th
  • In coverage CB Aaron Colvin only allowed one reception on the four passes which were thrown his way. His passer rating allowed in coverage of 39.6 was the seventh lowest allowed by a cornerback in Week 17. Colvin played 50 percent of his snaps in the slot against the Titans on his passer rating allowed was the best by any slot defender on Sunday.
  • Edge defender Calais Campbell was strong against the run versus the Titans. Campbell ranked second among 4-3 defensive ends with four stops against the run and ranked sixth with a run stop percentage of 13.3 percent. Campbell’s run defense grade of 83.7 was the third highest by a Jaguars defender in Week 17.
  • The Jaguars defense only pressured Mariota on 32 percent of his dropbacks. This was the NFL average in Week 17 but their nine total pressures was below the NFL average for Week 17 of 12. The nine total pressures was the eighth lowest by a defense and they were one of the slowest to get pressure on the quarterback with an average time to pressure of 2.72 seconds which was the fourth slowest by a defense.