Jaguars: Unsung Heroes

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If you look at most of the game recaps, box scores, and highlight clips from Sunday's 36-14 Jaguars victory over Buffalo, you'll see that David Garrard threw for nearly 300 yards, Fred Taylor rushed for over 100 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run, and Reggie Williams caught a 59-yard touchdown pass.

We are now going to look at some of the players that propelled the Jaguars to victory that won't be featured on ESPN.

    1. Offensive Line. For the second consecutive week, the Jaguars offensive line did a wonderful job of protecting David Garrard. Buffalo registered just one sack, on a play where Garrard ran out of bounds, and just one batted ball. After a poor start by the Jaguars offensive line, they've really protected well in the last few weeks. The offensive line paved the way for a 5.2 yards per carry average by the Jaguars running backs as well.

    2. Brian Williams. The value of Brian Williams was probably best expressed in the two games that the Jaguars didn't have him against Tampa Bay and New Orleans. Williams has routinely shut down opposing receivers, and although Rashean Mathis is the Jaguars Pro Bowl cornerback, Williams has outperformed him this season.

    3. Aaron Glenn. The Jaguars veteran corner filled in for the injured Rashean Mathis admirably, and helped keep the Bills star receiver, Lee Evans to just two catches for 19 yards. Glenn has more than earned his paycheck for the season with his play against Buffalo and Tampa Bay.

    4. Kickoff coverage team. The Jaguars are numero uno in the NFL in kickoff coverage, and they held Terrance McGee to just 18 yards per return, nearly seven yards shy of his average. Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis has made a huge improvement to the Jacksonville special teams.

    5. Ernest Wilford. Ernest Wilford caught five passes for 60 yards, and two of those were nearly impossible catches on key third downs. Whenever the Jaguars needed a big play, the big man from Virginia Tech delivered.



Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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