Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Jacksonville Jaguars Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Jacksonville Jaguars rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 23.2 (23rd)
  • Best ranking: 17th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 26th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Jaguars in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

What we learned: The Jay Gruden/Gardner Minshew combination is fun. Jacksonville lost to Tennessee, but Minshew threw for 339 yards and looks like he's been playing in Gruden's offense for a decade. He beat a blitz and found Chris Thompson for a 14-yard touchdown to tie the game in the fourth on a beautiful throw. D.J. Chark caught all four of his targets for 84 yards. And the Jaguars might have something in running back James Robinson, who carried 16 times for 102 yards. Jacksonville has been fun and competitive, which is something many (including me) did not expect coming into the season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

Gardner Minshew is showing that he might be around to stay. He has six touchdown passes in two games. The defense has to be better. Gardner Minshew is showing that he might be around to stay. He has six touchdown passes in two games. The defense has to be better.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

James Robinson is off to as good a start as any undrafted running back in memory, racking up 210 total yards in his first two games after supplanting Leonard Fournette.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Laviska Shenault Jr.

His touches went from five in the opener to eight on Sunday, and he will continue to rise as he gains more experience and coordinator Jay Gruden finds more ways to use him. So far, Shenault has lined up at wideout, running back and quarterback and has 119 yards of total offense and one TD. Shenault might not be someone you want in your lineup every week right now, but if he continues to progress, he certainly could be that guy by December. -- Mike DiRocco -- Rank: 25

Gardner Minshew's game-deciding interception on a tipped pass in the final minute of the Jaguars' loss to the Titans was an unsightly blemish in an otherwise strong performance for the second-year quarterback. Minshew is showing that last season's theatrics were no fluke: He plays the game with poise and gets the ball into the hands of an underrated cast of playmakers in Jacksonville. Speaking of emerging playmakers, how about undrafted rookie running back James Robinson? He scored his first career touchdown and went over 100 yards rushing in his second game. The Jags should continue to score points and stay competitive in the wide-open AFC South.

Previous update: Jacksonville Jaguars Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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