Pro Football Focus has announced their 2019 All Rookie Team. Three Jaguars made the cut. Gardnew Minshew, Josh Allen and Jawaan Taylor. Here is what Pro Football Focus has to say about each player.
The highest-graded rookie quarterback in the NFL wasn’t Kyler Murray,Dwayne Haskins or Daniel Jones; it was the sixth-round pick, Gardner Minshew. His 70.3 overall grade on the season ranked 20th among 32 qualifying quarterbacks. Despite some concerns over his arm strength coming into the NFL, Minshew was one of the top deep-ball passers in the league this season. His 129.0 passer rating on passes 20 or more yards downfield was the highest mark in the league, and his PFF grade on those throws trailed only Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson.
Taylor was the only rookie tackle in the NFL this season to play 500 or more offensive snaps and record a pass-blocking grade higher than 60.0. It was not an outstanding season for rookie tackles, but Taylor had a decent start to his career on the right side of the Jaguars’ offensive line. His 63.8 overall grade ranked 22nd out of 38 qualifying right tackles, and he was one of 20 players at the position to allow a pressure rate lower than 6.0%. In a disappointing season for the Jaguars’ line as a whole, Taylor’s solid play as a rookie was a silver lining.
Outside of Bosa, Allen holds the highest pass-rushing grade of any rookie edge defender at 70.2. Allen also ranks second to Bosa in total pressures (49), pressure rate (13.7%) and pass-rush win rate (15.7%), making him an easy choice for the second edge slot on the PFF All-Rookie Team. When Allen has gotten to the quarterback, he has made the most of it. Of his 49 pressures, 26 were either sacks or quarterback hits. That mark is tied for eighth at the position with Chandler Jones and Danielle Hunter.