Despite Jacksonville's overall ineptitude in the Chiefs' dominating 28-2 victory Sunday, the Jaguars' punt-block unit is certainly off to a strong start this season, as linebacker JT. Thomas blocked Dustin Colquitt's first punt of the day, resulting in a safety.
It was the second straight game Jacksonville has blocked a punt, though after further review, you can argue Kansas City practically gave it away with a lack of execution.
So, in what figures to be another running feature on The Star's Red Zone blog, let's step into the Monday Morning Film Room, where we spotlight an interesting play in the previous day's game.
Thomas, who just joined the Jaguars last week after being claimed off waivers, lines up with four Chiefs ― James-Michael Johnson (52), Akeem Jordan (55), Cyrus Gray (32) and Husain Abdullah (39) in his vicinity. Though we'll likely never know what their individual responsibilities are on the play, it's safe to say one of those guys should have picked him up.
Gray quickly sprints to the left to pick up an upcoming rusher, which leaves Jordan, Johnson, and Abdullah. It's tough to tell whether Thomas lines up on the inside or outside of Johnson from this angle, but he does run right between Johnson and Jordan.
Jordan picks up a man before running downfield, and Johnson ― who was added to the roster last Sunday ― does the same. But by double-teaming this unnamed Jags' rusher on the right with Abdullah, it leaves Thomas to run scot-free up the middle.
After that, you know what happened.
It's worth noting that it appears to be a one-time mixup, as the Chiefs punted nine more times Sunday and obviously didn't have a punt blocked, so they clearly got it corrected. Still, it will be interesting to see what special teams coordinator Dave Toub says about it this week, and whether there's any personnel changes on the unit come the home opener Sunday.
Stay tuned throughout the week for more film room updates as we continue to look at key plays from the Jacksonville game — there’s a ton of positive ones I’ve been itching to look at, too — and also look ahead to this week’s showdown against Dallas.