Three to Watch: Jacksonville Jaguars

Here’s three players that the Jets will have to take special attention of come Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

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Chad Henne – Henne is playing well in relief of Blaine Gabbert, but he’s still only connecting with his targets at a 52% completion rate.  Still, Henne’s 8:3 TD:INT ratio is impressive as a replacement and he’s missing on his
passes deep and away from defenders.  Henne might have lost his chance to start in Miami, but he’s still a rifle-armed backup and his play for the Jaguars will give them pause about their starting quarterback spot for 2013.   The Jets are familiar with Henne and so will know how to gameplan him decently enough.  For the Jets the key will be to remove Marcedes Lewis and Blackmon from the play and pressure Henne up front to cause the play to break down quickly.

Paul Posluszny – Poz has had a great year for the Jaguars and had a huge turnover last week with his team-leading third interception.  Sanchez will have to be careful with his check-downs and crossing routes, but Posluszny can be beaten because he’s not the fastest or most agile player.  The Jets would be wise to either stack him up with a lead blocker as much as they can or bait him into over pursuit – something he can struggle with.

Justin Blackmon — Blackmon started the season slow but has been playing better over the last month.  In his last five games, Blackmon has tallied a touchdown three times and against one of the toughest defenses in the league, racked up 236 yards against the Texans just a few weeks back.  Blackmon has game-breaking speed, body control, size and physicality for the position.  The Jets are going to have to do their best to play him tight, but also provide coverage help over the top if he can overpower, or outrun them.