Jacksonville Jaguars Case Study

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With their offense already showing signs that 2016 could be an explosive year, the Jacksonville Jaguars could end up being the team to beat in the AFC South, if they are able to hold off other teams with their defense. The Jaguars approached the issue head on this off season by using six of their seven 2016 draft picks for the defensive unit. While first round pick Jalen Ramsey might just have been the best defensive player available in this year’s draft, second rounder Myles Jack could also end up making a huge contribution from the strong outside linebacker position. Of course, all this depends if the Jacksonville medical experts are right and Jack’s knee is able to withstand the abuse that comes with playing the position in the NFL. Many NFL experts and analyst were projecting Jack to be a top five pick in 2016. The Jaguars might have ended up with the steal of this year’s draft, selecting the former UCLA star in the second round. Due to linebacker Paul Posluszny taking an off day this last Wednesday, Jack was able to get in some time with the starting defensive group. While the Jaguars say they are not holding back on the rookie, Jack had been practicing with the second string defense until then. Todd Wash, the Jaguars defensive coordinator was impressed with Jack’s …show more content…

The 36 sacks and 9 interceptions the Jaguars defense had as a team last year isn’t going to be enough to win a division with offenses like the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans put on the field. Jacksonville had the 31st ranked defense in 2015 and if that is going to improve this year, Jack is going to need to be a key part of the mix, regardless if he is starting or coming in during situational packages. He will need to be able to use his speed from both the inside and outside positions if he wants to emerge into the defensive force the Jacksonville coaching staff is counting

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