The Steelers and Jaguars get ready to battle as the top-2 most penalized teams in the NFL. The Steelers at 3-1 have yet to play their best game, while 2-2 Jacksonville has either drubbed-out opponents like Houston and Baltimore or disappointed against Tennessee and the Jets. It’s time for BTSC to highlight the Jaguars in anticipation of their Week-5 visit to Heinz Field on Sunday.
*No. 5 QB Blake Bortles
Bortles has been much-maligned during his Jaguars career and he's playing like this indeed might be a make-or-break season. The big, strong quarterback stands up well in the face of pressure and avoids the rush well, but he’s never displayed consistency from game to game and possesses only average arm strength. But maybe 2017 will become the breakthrough year for Bortles, who has seven TD throws versus only two interceptions and 732 passing yards. But his completion percentage is a mere 54.5%.
Other Jaguars Quarterbacks to Note: No. 7 Chad Henne, No. 4 Ryan Nassib
*No. 27 RB Leonard Fournette
The former LSU Tiger has a great combination of speed and power. As the feature back for the league's second-ranked running game, Fournette is tied for seventh in the NFL with 285 yards. No. 27 has three TDs as well. With good receiving ability to boot, Fournette may challenge the Steelers in the same manner that Jordan Howard did in Week 3.
Other Jaguars Running Backs to Note: No. 33 Chris Ivory, No. 24 TJ Yeldon, *No. 40 Tommy Bohanon
*No. 88 WR Allen Hurns
Hurns leads the Jaguars in receiving, hauling in 16 balls for 186 yards and two scores. The veteran had a 1000-yard/10 TD season in 2015 and he’s the top guy with Allen Robinson out for the year. With good height at 6'1", Hurns adjusts well to bad throws but his speed and route-running are average.
Other Jaguars Wide Receivers to Note: *No. 11 Marquise Lee, No.17 Arrelious Benn, No. 84 Keelan Cole, No. 15 Allen Robinson (IR)
*No. 89 TE Marcedes Lewis
Because Bortles doesn’t rely heavily on his tight ends, Lewis has a mere four catches for 62 yards, but three of them are for scores. The Steelers will need to pay plenty of attention to Lewis in the red zone.
Other Jaguars Tight Ends to Note: No. 83 Ben Koyack, No. 86 James O'Shaghnessy
*No. 74 LT Cam Robinson
At 6'6" and 322 lbs., the second-round pick from Alabama is a Goliath of a man who’s a talented run-blocker. But Robinson has balance issues and he’s struggled in pass protection. The rookie battle between Robinson and T.J. Watt could be one-sided and an advantage for the Steelers.
Other Jaguars Offensive Linemen to Note: *No. 77 LG Patrick Omameh, *No. 65 C Brandon Linder (out), *No. 60 RG AJ Cann, *No. 78 RT Jermey Parnell, No. 72 T Josh Wells, No. 73 G Josh Walker, No. 69 G Tyler Shatley, No. 75 William Poehls
*No. 93 RDE Calais Campbell
Campbell has been a great free-agent pick for Jacksonville. The former Cardinal is tied for second in the league with 5.5 sacks. A devastating pass rusher that can crush an offense’s dreams, Campbell needs to be contained. An expected battle with Dave DeCastro could be an interesting one to watch.
Other Jaguars Defensive Linemen to Note: *No. 91 LDE Yannick Ngakoue, *No. 95 NT Abry Jones, *No. 97 DT Malik Jackson, No. 56 LDE Dante Fowler Jr., No. 99 NT Eli Ankou, No. 92 DT Sheldon Day, No. 94 RDE Dawuane Smoot
*No. 44 SLB Myles Jack
Jack is all over the place for the Jacksonville defense. Against the Jets last week, he had ten tackles, a quarterback hit and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. The Steelers need to know where Jack is at all times on Sunday.
Other Jaguars Linebackers to Note: *No. 50 WLB Telvin Smith, *No. 51 MLB Paul Posluszny, No. 53 WLB Blair Brown, No. 52 MLB Donald Payne, No. 55 SLB Lerentee McCray (out)
*No. 20 LCB Jalen Ramsey
Ramsey is on the verge of becoming the premiere corner in the NFL. Pro Football Focus has noted that Ramsey only has allowed seven receptions for 42 yards in 2017. Also, his allowed passer rating of 23.4% and completion rate of 36.8% is tops in the league. The battle with Antonio Brown could be epic.
Other Jaguars Defensive Backs to Note: *No. 21 RCB AJ Bouye, *No. 42 SS Barry Church, *No. 39 FS Tashaun Gipson, No. 37 LCB Tyler Patmon, No. 22 RCB Aaron Colvin, No. 47 SS Jarrod Wilson, No. 25 FS Peyton Thompson
*No. 2 PK Jason Myers
Myers is tied for sixth in the league with nine made field goals, but the Jags kicker has missed two also. He’s a perfect 3-3, though, from 40-49 yards and he should get plenty of opportunities with an offense that often stalls on drives.
Other Jaguars Special Teamers to Note: *No. 2 PK Jason Myers, *No. 3 P/H Brad Nortman, *No. 43 LS Matt Overton, No. 30 KR Corey Grant, No. 31 PR Jaylen Myrick
Head Coach: Doug Marrone
Offensive Coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett
Defensive Coordinator: Todd Walsh
Special Teams: Joe DeCamillis