Who Wears the Crown: Who Is the Best Jacksonville Jaguars Player Right Now?
The answer to this question may seem obvious, but if you look further into the roster of the Jaguars, there are some arguments that arise.
Maurice Jones-Drew led the league in rushing last season, and after a 177-yard performance against the Colts Sunday, he seems to be ready for a repeat performance.
This easily should make him the best player on the team right? Not so fast.
The Jaguars don't have a lot of great players, but they surprisingly do have some that could be considered not only the best on the team, but the best in the league at their position.
Who are they?
Let's see as we give a definitive answer as to who wears the crown as the best player on the Jaguars today.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew:
Let's begin with the odds-on favorite: Maurice Jones-Drew.
To the naked eye, he is far and away the best player on the Jaguars and rightfully so.
He has gained at least 1,300 yards each of the last three seasons since taking over the full-time duties in the backfield, and led the league with 1,606 yards last season. All while being the team's lone offensive weapon.
What makes Jones-Drew so good is not just how many yards he gains, it's the fact that he is an every-down back.
He can run on first or second down and can pass protect or catch passes out of the backfield on third down.
He is one of the few running backs in the league today that is capable of doing this. This has not come out without its share of injuries. But if he is 100 percent healthy, and it seems he is right now, he is a top-three running back in the league.
His holdout during the offseason may be a blessing in disguise, as he has fresh legs without going through the rigors of training camp.
Who is the best Jaguars player right now?
K Josh Scobee:
Another big offensive weapon recently for the Jags, for better or for worst, has been kicker Josh Scobee.
Since entering the league in 2004, Scobee has garnered the reputation for having one of the biggest legs in the NFL. He's made 29 kicks from 50 yards or more in his career.
He's had some troubles with his accuracy, but last season was probably his best season as a pro.
He made 23 of his 25 field goal attempts and made all 24 of his extra point opportunities. He also hit six field goals from beyond 50 yards.
Scobee has made his fair share of game-winning kicks as well, which also bumps him up the list a few extra notches on the list of the league's best kickers.
So far in 2012, Scobee has made all six of his field goals, but has missed an extra point.
It's hard to put a kicker as the best player on any team, but Scobee is good enough to make a good case for the top spot in this instance.
C Brad Meester:
Despite never making a Pro Bowl, center Brad Meester could be considered the best player on the Jaguars.
Meester is in the midst of 13th season, all with the Jaguars and has made 180 career starts.
That's a testament to his consistency at the position and the respect he has garnered from three different head coaches during that time.
Meester has played in all 16 games in nine of his 13 seasons and has never missed more than six games in a season.
He has been a rock in the middle of the line for the Jaguars and has blocked for 1,000-yard rushers nine times between Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.
Want to know how good Meester is? Look at Taylor's career stats.
Outside of 2001, when Taylor suffered injuries, Taylor gained at least 1,000 from 2002-04. What happened in 2005? Meester and Taylor both missed games due to injury.
Taylor only gained 1,000 yards once when Meester missed games in a season and that was 2007 when Meester missed five games.
Meester hasn't missed a start since 2008 and Jones-Drew has gained at least 1,300 yards each of the last three seasons.
MLB Paul Posluszny:
The defense played its best game this past Sunday and it was no surprise that middle linebacker Paul Posluszny had a hand in it.
Posluszny recorded seven tackles and an interception against the Indianapolis Colts to help the Jags hold the Andrew Luck and the Colts offense to 17 points.
Posluszny has been a tackling machine since coming out of Penn State. He has recorded at least 100 tackles each of the last four seasons dating back to his days in Buffalo.
He is the leader of the defense and rightfully so.
The only thing really preventing me from giving Posluszny the crown is the fact that he doesn't make a whole lot of big plays.
Can't fault the guy for not being all that flashy. He does his job and there's nothing wrong with that at all.
But what separates the good players from the great players is making big plays, especially when the team needs it the most.
P Bryan Anger:
Yup, that's right, Bryan Anger is in consideration.
Although his career is only three games old, it has been quite the impressive start.
Anger already has amassed more than 1,000 yards in punts with 1,005. The second-best in that category, Reggie Hodges of the Browns, only has 830.
Anger is No. 2 in the league average yards per punt with 52.9 and fifth in net average at 44.1.
The Jaguars' fan base went into a complete uproar when Anger was selected in the third round of the draft and for good reason, but at least he has turned out to be one damn good punter - something the Jags did not have last season with Nick Harris.
In a year or so, Anger may very well be the best in the league and well on his way to being an All-Pro selection.
The Final Verdict:
After mulling this over for little while, I couldn't wrap my head around bestowing this honor to anyone else besides Maurice Jones-Drew; so he is the best player on the Jaguars today.
It's not like he won by default. He earns this distinction, but the player I considered the most to put ahead of him was Josh Scobee. But like I said earlier, it's really hard to put a kicker over a guy puts his body on the line every down, no matter how good Scobee he is.
When you are the one person that other teams game plan for and is still able to gain more than 100 yards on a consistent basis, you deserve this distinction.
Hats off to Jones-Drew.
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