The Jacksonville Jaguars had a very busy offseason but improved their team with a lot of young talent, which is why they are one of the dark horses to make the playoffs in the AFC. Even if the team doesn’t make the playoffs this year, the future looks very bright for one of the youngest teams in the league. If you are going to bet on games this season, make sure the Jaguars are one of your NFL picks because they will surprise a few teams this year.
Last season, the Jaguars offense started to put it all together, and the team finished the season as one of the top offenses in the league. However, their defense was another story, failing to show signs of improvement even though the team spent a lot of money on defense in free agency.
After the season, the Jaguars, who had one of the worst records in the NFL decided to address their defensive issues through the draft instead of free agency like they did the previous year. The team drafted promising linebacker Miles Jack, who will miss some time as he recovers from a gruesome injury he suffered in his last collegiate game.
The Jaguars also drafted Jalen Ramsey, who has looked very good in preseason so far. Dante Fowler Jr, who suffered a season ending injury during his rookie season, is also fully recovered and ready to help the team win games.
If all three players live up to the expectations the team and fans have of them, the Jaguars will have a very formidable defense this year.
While the team got a lot of talented young players in the draft, they also spent on free agents that they are hoping will have a significant impact on the team this year. Their top free agent acquisition was Malik Jackson, who won the Super Bowl as a member of the Denver Broncos last season.
Jaguars fans have a lot to be excited about the addition of Jackson to the defense. Jackson, who played in a 4-3 defense in Tennessee, fell to the fifth round of the NFL Draft, where he was selected by Denver. There were questions as to how Jackson would adjust in a 3-4 system, and things were a little rough for him during his rookie season.
However, Jackson started to adjust in his second season in the league, and finished with six sacks that year. Last season, Jackson started all 16 games, and was a significant contributor on what ended up being one of the best defenses in NFL history.
In Jacksonville, Jackson is expected to take on a leadership role because of his skills and the experience he brings to the table.
Some people are skeptical about just how good Jackson is and how much he will contribute to the team because they feel he excelled because of the talent he had around him in Denver, there’s plenty of reason to believe he will exceed their expectations and finish the season with double digit sacks because he is a very talented and hardworking player, who knows that a lot of people have high expectations of him and he would like to prove his doubters wrong as well.