The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line will look different than in seasons past. With Fan-favorite Calais Campbell traded to the Baltimore Ravens in March and Yannick Ngakoue standing firm on his trade request. Both Campbell and Ngakoue contributed a big part to the success of the Jaguars defense last season.
There is a good chance that a deal will be completed for Ngakoue if he wants out or more money than his current offer. Ngakoue was seeking $22 million per season but Jacksonville offered $19 million. He’s scheduled to make $17 million in 2020, according to spotrac.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jaguars seemed to prepare themselves for this standoff. They selected K’Lavon Chaisson in the first round as the 20th overall selection. Only we can hope he has a rookie season like Josh Allen had in 2019!
Jacksonville will show different looks on the defensive front. Expect the Jaguars to run the familiar 4-3 base defense. However, they will utilize their talent by morphing into a 3-4 scheme in certain situations.
The up and coming season will start with Taven Bryan and Abry Jones as starters at both defensive tackle positions. This season will determine the future of Bryan in a Jaguars uniform. Most importantly, Bryan has shown steady improvements but for the defensive to get back to everything they had in prior seasons, he will have to elevate his play to another level.
Also, Dontavious Russell and Davon Hamilton will push Bryan for a starting role. Rodney Gunter has the size to stuff the run game with his huge physical presence. Gunter stands 6-feet-5 weighing 305 pounds. Last season, Jacksonville had a difficult time stopping the opposing team’s running game.
Defensive coordinator Todd Wash will rotate Allen, Chaisson, and Duane Smoot at the defensive end positions. Lerentee McCray and Cassius Marsh will be featured on special teams. If Ngakoue decides to play, he will move to linebacker in certain sets.
Doug Marrone is re-tooling the defense. Hopefully, the Jaguars can get back to their dominating style of the 2017 defense. Let’s see how it all plays out in training camp.
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