Former Georgia Center David Andrews faces a tough match-up in the trenches against an elite Jacksonville Jaguars defensive front.
The Jaguars’ defense has been terrorizing opposing offenses all season. They have earned the nickname “Sacksonville” for their unmatched ability to rush the passer. Jacksonville is the only team in the NFL with four players, including former Florida Gator Dante Fowler Jr., who have 8.0+ sacks. The Jags also finished 2nd in the NFL with 55 sacks.
The Jaguars face a different monster today going up against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxborough. Center David Andrews plays an integral part in the Patriot’s offense and will be a key player in trying to slow down the Jags’ pass rush. Andrews and Brady will throw in hard counts and frequently switch up the snap count to disrupt the Jacksonville pass rush. The center to QB exchange should be another interesting thing to watch, since Tom Brady cut his hand this week in practice. Don’t expect that to stop Andrews and Brady from converting any third or fourth and ones with Brady’s seemingly automatic QB sneaks.
Additionally, Andrews and Brady will look to speed up the tempo and frequently go no huddle to wear down the Jags’ defensive line. Another potential weakness Andrews and the offensive line will aim to exploit is the Jags’ 21st ranked run defense (116.3 yards/game). One interesting match-up in the run game will be Andrews vs. fellow Dawg, DT Arby Jones, who outweighs Andrews by 20 pounds. Jones will be one of the Jaguars DT’s responsible for trying to stuff the Patriot’s run game. He could become especially important when the Patriots run no huddle, forcing the Jaguars to sub exhausted defensive lineman.
Lack of size is one of the reasons why Andrews ended up being undrafted in 2015, but he has proven the critics wrong and already won a Super Bowl (last season). On top of this, he become a team captain this year, showing his true commitment to the “Patriot Way”. Andrews’ leadership and communication have played a major role in these past two postseason runs and it will fun to see how he matches up against the tenacious Jacksonville front this Sunday. Andrews and Arby Jones will always be a Damn Good Dawgs!