JACKSONVILLE –The Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card game at EverBank Field this Sunday at 1 p.m. Here are the Jaguars All-Pro team nominees and how they affect this playoff matchup:
- Mayor of Sacksonville: The Associated Press announced today that Calais Campbell was selected to the All-Pro first team as an EDGE defender. In 2017, Campbell totaled 14.5 sacks for a franchise single-season sack record, which was previously set by Tony Brackens (12.0) in 1999. His 14.5 sacks this season were the second-most in the NFL and the most in his 10-year career, topping his previous career high of 9.0 in 2013. In his nine career postseason games, Campbell has never registered a sack and his eyes will surely be on Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor this Sunday to cross that accomplishment off his list.
- Ramsey Ready: AP also named second-year cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the All-Pro team. Ramsey totaled four interceptions and 17 passes defensed in 2017 and was a big factor in the Jaguars allowing just 169.9 net passing yards per game, the fewest in the NFL. If running back LeSean McCoy does sit out on Sunday, the Bills will likely rely on the passing game to move the chains, which will undoubtedly have Ramsey licking his chops for another interception.
- Bouye's Beat: Cornerback A.J. Bouye was also named an AP All-Pro selection (second team) after posting career highs in interceptions (six) and passes defensed (18). Bouye's six interceptions were the third-most in the NFL this season and, according to Pro Football Focus, Bouye's 31.6 passer rating in 2017 is the lowest passer rating by an outside cornerback since 2006. Last season, Bouye posted two interceptions, one forced fumble and six passes defensed in two playoff games with the Texans. With Ramsey on the left and Bouye on the right, the Jaguars hope to limit the Bills' passing options this Sunday.
- Sauce Man, Smith: Linebacker Telvin Smith also joins Bouye as an AP All-Pro selection (second team), his first in his four-year NFL career. Smith led the team with 102 tackles, his third consecutive season with at least 100 tackles, and posted both an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble return for a touchdown, becoming the only linebacker to do both in the same season since entering the league in 2014. Smith will surely be an impact player this Sunday. Ya feel me, Jaguars fans?
- Campbell x 2: Campbell was also named to the All-Pro second team as an interior defensive linemen, becoming the first player in Jaguars history to make the All-Pro teams at multiple positions in the same season. While known as a great edge rusher this season, Campbell also is a force to be reckon in the middle in helping stop the running game and totaled 14 tackles for a loss this season, marking his eighth consecutive season with at least 12 tackles for a loss. If McCoy is active Sunday, Campbell and the rest of the Jaguars defensive linemen are going to have to be prepared to stack the middle and stop the Bills' best offensive player from gaining positive yards.
Jaguars public relations assistant Gaby Moran is back for the postseason to offer five key stats about the Jaguars heading into the playoff game. You can follow her on Twitter @gabsmoran.