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Jaguars top 10: Meester gets top spot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars were short-handed because of injuries against Tennessee last Sunday, but there still were some solid performances in the 20-16 loss.

Some of them came from young, unproven players such as receiver Kerry Taylor and J.T. Thomas, both of whom earned a spot on this week's list of the Jaguars' top 10 playmakers.

Remember, this isn’t a list of MVP candidates, but a compilation of the players who are making the biggest difference each week.

Here we go, with last week's rankings in parenthesis:

1. C Brad Meester (NR): There’s no question he tops the list after making the only reception of his career: a 9-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass that nearly went for a touchdown. It was a great call by offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch in the final home game of Meester’s 14-year career.

2. TE Marcedes Lewis (2): He caught a TD pass for the fourth game in a row and finished with four receptions for 50 yards. He has become a bigger part of the passing offense the last month and should have been more involved earlier in the season.

3. QB Chad Henne (NR): He went 24-for-34 for 237 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He’s playing as well as he can considering the weapons he has. The interception came with less than a minute remaining in the game when he was trying to make a play deep in his own territory.

4. WR Kerry Taylor (9): Taylor, who was targeted a team-high seven times, has really stepped up in the absence of Cecil Shorts (IR). He caught four passes for 45 yards against the Titans and has eight catches in the last two games.

5. LB Paul Posluszny (7): I know the defense gave up 182 yards rushing, but that was mainly due to the injuries and inexperience along the defensive line. Posluszny had a team-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, and had half of a sack. He missed only one snap while he was getting stitches in his chin.

6. DE Andre Branch (10): He had another sack against the Titans, giving him five in the past six games. The staff has got him playing with a consistent effort and Branch is having the kind of success people expect out of a second-round draft pick.

7. RB Maurice Jones-Drew (NR): He played through a hamstring strain that kept him off the practice field all week and still put up 69 yards of total offense on 17 touches (4.1 yards per touch).

8. S Johnathan Cyprien (NR): He didn’t practice last week because of a thigh injury but played every snap on defense and made nine tackles.

9. LB J.T. Thomas (NR): He made the first start of his career because of an injury to Geno Hayes and responded with six tackles. He has played mainly special teams and only gotten snaps on defense in the last six games.

10. CB Alan Ball (NR): He made a nice play on an interception that led to a third-quarter field goal that gave the Jaguars a 16-6 lead. He would have been higher on the list had he not gotten penalized for unnecessary roughness to give the Titans a first down at the 1 and not gotten beat by Nate Washington on the 30-yard touchdown.