Jacksonville came into Week 4 with a fresh wound still healing – a 9-6 loss at the hands of their divisional rival, Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars needed a bounce-back performance at home this week and they did not disappoint. They held a 16-0 lead over New York at halftime and tacked on 15 more points in the second half, which proved to be enough to defeat the visiting Jets – the second New York team to fall short to the Jaguars this season.
There were many stellar performances from the Jaguars on Sunday after an all-around dominant performance. The list includes QB Blake Bortles who completed 29 of his 38 passing attempts for 388 yards in total, WR Donte Moncrief who averaged over 21 yards per reception with a 67-yard touchdown thrown in there, and RB T.J. Yeldon who stepped up for an injured Leonard Fournette, amassing 100 total yards and a touchdown on the day.
However, the best of them all was not even mentioned in that list. This player has been a superstar throughout his professional and amateur football career. He now has the chance to step up and fill a void with WR Marquise Lee out for the season and he is not letting his chance go to waste.
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Jaguar Of The Week
Now, without further ado, the Jaguar of the Week award goes to… WR Dede Westbrook! Westbrook, a Biletnikoff Award recipient (awarded to the best wide receiver in college football each year), can now add some more hardware to the trophy case after his Week 4 performance.
Westbrook hauled in 9 of his 13 targets, racking up a total of 130 yards through the air. He also added one carry for 11 yards, bringing his total yards from scrimmage to 141 yards.
Jaguars fans have been patiently waiting for Westbrook to take over and dominate in the NFL after his illustrious collegiate career. After Marqise Lee went down in the preseason with a season-ending injury, the opportunity arose for Westbrook to step up as the Jaguars’ number one wide receiver. This role has not yet been determined, but Westbrook has set himself apart from the rest of the Jaguars wide receiving core as Blake Bortles’s favorite option.
Great game, Dede. If you keep this up, the Jaguars should be heavy favorites to win the AFC South and continue deep into the postseason.