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NFL Week 16 Preview: Jaguars at 49ers

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 21, 2017

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Dec 10, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) lines up at the line of scrimmage against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars visit the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 9

Coverage by: Aaron Resnick

Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars offense vs. San Francisco 49ers defense

Keelan Cole, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

PFFELO Ranking: 28

Coverage by: David Neumann

Matchup: San Francisco 49ers offense vs. Jacksonville Jaguars defense

  • QB Jimmy Garoppolo under pressure — After staying mostly clean in the pocket during his first start in Week 13, Garoppolo has been under duress often in the past two games, seeing pressure on 42.7 percent of his dropbacks (the sixth-highest rate). The good news for 49ers fans is that, outside of a couple questionable throws, Garoppolo has been excellent under pressure through his first three starts in San Francisco. Garoppolo has put 76.3 percent of his pressured pass attempts in a catchable location, which would be the highest rate in the league by a significant margin if he had enough attempts to qualify, and no quarterback has had a higher percentage of positively-graded throws under pressure this season (44.7 percent). There’s little reason to expect Garoppolo to have a more pleasant experience in the pocket this week against a Jaguars defense that has pressured opposing passers on 39.1 percent of dropbacks, the fifth-highest rate.

Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers

  • T Zane Beadles vs. Jaguars edge defenders — With Joe Staley and Trent Brown manning the tackle spots for most of the season, San Francisco’s primary concern in pass protection has been on the interior. However, with Trent Brown recently sidelined for the rest of the season, those concerns have moved outward as well. Through two games in relief of Brown so far, Beadles has allowed 11 total pressures — only Philadelphia’s Halapoulivaati Vaitai has allowed more (14) over the past two weeks among tackles. The Jaguars move players all around their defensive front, so Beadles will see several different defenders lined up across from him throughout the game. Jacksonville edge defenders have recorded 179 total pressures this season, the most any team.
  • WR Trent Taylor vs. CB Aaron Colvin — With Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye — two of the top-five graded cornerbacks on the season — patrolling the outside, the 49ers will almost certainly have to look elsewhere for significant production in the passing game. Colvin has been solid this season, earning a 79.6 coverage grade (43rd) while allowing just 0.79 yards per cover snap from the slot. Since Garoppolo took over as the starting quarterback, Trent Taylor has seen both his volume and efficiency increase out of the slot. Through his first 11 games, Taylor was targeted once every 6.8 routes run and averaged 0.90 yards per route run (46th of 59) from the slot. With Garoppolo at quarterback, he’s seeing a pass come his direction once every 5.5 routes run while averaging 1.95 yards per route run.
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