Rookie signal-caller Gardner Minshew put in a solid effort for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it wasn't enough to pull the team ahead of the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. Brandon Graham and rookie TJ Edwards both had solid outings in Philly's 24-10 win Thursday night.
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Rookie Wisconsin product TJ Edwards logged two solo tackles, including a tackle for loss, against the Jags on Thursday. The young off-ball linebacker avoided negative plays and added a handful of strong plays both in coverage and run defense on the night.
Brandon Graham was an unstoppable force off of the left edge early in the game. The Jaguars' right tackle was outclassed by a variety of pass-rushing moves. Aziz Shittu also made the most of his playing time late in the game with a couple of batted passes and pressures while rushing the passer.
Former Washington State signal-caller Gardner Minshew wasn't perfect on the night, but he did flash brilliance in bursts. He earned high grades on multiple throws deep down the field and limited mistakes from a clean pocket, and he did so without much help from his supporting cast. Minshew finished the game with 19 completions from 29 attempts for 202 yards.
Edge defender Dawuane Smoot, a 2017 third-rounder, turned in a strong performance rushing the passer on Thursday. He picked up multiple positive grades coming off the edge and a handful of pressures in the process.
Second-year offensive lineman Matt Pryor did not fare well against the Jaguars' defensive line. While he had a few positively graded blocks in the run game, he received a litany of negative marks in pass protection.
Off-ball linebacker LJ Fort was exposed in coverage against Philly. While he made some solid plays in the contest, he made too many poor plays in coverage to stay above water in PFF's grading system.
Brandon Thomas, a 2014 third-round pick out of Clemson, failed to show any signs of life as a run-blocker and performed even worse in pass protection in limited action against Philly.
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