Paul Posluszny is the second leading tackler in the NFL. Jordan Todman is among the league leaders in kick off returns. Neither were selected to the AFC Pro Bowl team this year. Actually, no Jaguars were selected to the post season game. They join the New York Jets, the New York Giants, Atlanta and Green Bay as the only teams in the league without players being chosen.
Kansas City and San Francisco have eight players each who will see the post season game - provided neither team makes the Super Bowl.
Posluszny has been one of the more dominant middle linebackers in the league this season, playing quarterback of the Jaguars defense. He has returned an interception for a score this season against Denver and is one of the better run-stuffing linebackers to play today.
Todman, who has seen time as a spot starter for the Jaguars and backup to Maurice Jones-Drew, has helped give the Jaguars’ return game a spark this season.
Vontaze Burfict of Cincinnati was the only middle linebacker chosen from the AFC. Antonio Brown of the Steelers and Dexter McCluster of the Chiefs were chosen as return men from the AFC.
This is the first season where the NFL will use a “draft” format to select teams. Players were selected to the game and Hall of Fame players, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will divide the teams into two squads over a two-day “draft” that will take place before January 26.
In other news:
Coaching in the post season
The Jaguars coaching staff may be rewarded for its hard work this season. According to Phil Savage, Senior Bowl director, the Jaguars coaching staff is one of those being considered to coach the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
Coaching staffs from Atlanta and Cleveland are also being considered for the honor and a chance to get a better feel for those seniors who will have a chance to be drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft in April.
Team general manager Dave Caldwell said the team would be honored to be part of the events and would certainly coach if given the opportunity.
“We would be very open to it,” he said. “If we’re put in the situation, we would definitely make he most of it.”
The fact that Atlanta is also being considered could shed some light on the future of the Falcons coaching staff and head coach Mike Smith.
Cameron Bradfield was limited in practice by an ankle injury. He is listed as questionable for the game. Should the left tackle not be able to go, Austin Pasztor, the right tackle would shift over to the left side and Sam Young would move to the left side.
Because of the injuries at defensive tackle, and the fact Roy Miller was placed Jordan Miller, Abry Jones, Kyle Love and Drake Nevis will all see action in the season’s final game.
Maurice Jones-Drew is still working on healing the hamstring injury that kept him out of play two weeks ago. Although he played in last week’s home finale, he was slower to the hole and only ran for 36 yards. Look for the eighth-year back to get carries and share the backfield with Jordan Todman this week.