Now that we are past the halfway point of the season, I've decided to take a look at how the team is doing in several stats.
Statement Plays Per Snap
Leading up to the trade deadline, many were eager for the Jaguars to make a move for a second edge rusher. A measure of front seven play I looked at this offseason was to see how many Ints, Pass Deflections, Tackles for Loss, QB Hits, and Sacks a player made per snap played. Here is how the defensive line has done so far this season:
Travon Walker continues to struggle to be the team's second best edge rusher despite being deemed the best player in his draft by Trent Baalke (Note: Travon Walker is the only first rounder from his draftclass currently below a Statement Plays per Snap of 0.055, 8 players drafted in the first two rounds have noticeably more stat production per snap than he does in year two).
When Targeted (Offense)
Given Trevor Lawrence's average passer rating of 93.6 this season we can not only look at the players above that mark when targeted, but we can also look at how players accrue yardage when targeted compared to their Average Depth of Target (ADOT).
Travis Etienne, Christian Kirk, Evan Engram, and Luke Farrell have been notably good when targeted through the air in 2023.
When Targeted (Defense)
Given the league's (weighted) average passer rating of 89.0 through 9 weeks we can not only look at players who are below that mark in coverage, but we can also look at how players accrue yardage when targeted compared to their Average Depth of Target on Defense (DADOT).
Darious Williams, Foye Oluokun, Rayshawn Jenkins, Devin Lloyd, Dewey Wingard, and Travon Walker have had noteworthy (in the positive sense) results in coverage so far this season. Huge leap from Devin Lloyd compared to last season.
Another important aspect to consider is a player's ball security, so here is an update on the offense's career ball security as Jaguars.
Tank Bigsby, Luke Farrell, Trevor Lawrence, Jamal Agnew, and Calvin Ridley need to work on their issues with giving the defense a chance to get the ball back for opposing offenses.
PFF Cumulative Grades (Offense)
Sometimes stats don't tell the whole story, and some prefer to fall back on the "eye test". One of the more controversial examples of an "eye test" are Pro Football Focus grades. So let's see if any players have graded better than their statistical output.
On offense PFF has graded Travis Etienne, Christian Kirk, Trevor Lawrence, Evan Engram, and Walker Little as above average players.
PFF Cumulative Grades (Defense)
Now let's do the same for the defense.
PFF seems to think Andre Cisco, Foye, Antonio Johnson, Darious Williams, Tyson Campbell, Devin Lloyd, Tre Herndon, Josh Allen, and Dewey are having above average reps so far this season.