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Jacksonville Jaguars, Def, Jaguars

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #12 202.24 JAX Active 47 0' 0 0

2016 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-in

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


The Jaguars were about league average in rushing yards allowed (1709) despite ranking 5th in the league in rushing yards per attempts (3.7). Their failure was due to game score leading to a high volume of rushing attempts allowed (464 - 5th). Jacksonville did show risk in rushing TDs (15) an area they will need to improve on in 2016.

They allowed the 4th most passing yards (4291) with 29 passing TDs. The Jaguars were league average in sacks (36) with weakness in turnovers (nine Ints).

DT Malik Jackson should add stability to the interior of the defensive line with winning value in run support and enough talent to rush the QB (five sacks in 2015). DT Roy Miller played well against the run last year with limited upside in sacks (four in 2015 - career high). Jacksonville needs DE Dante Fowler to play well after missing his rookie season due a torn ACL in left knee. Fowler has pass rushing upside with strength defending the run. It looks like Sen'Derrick Marks is the favorite to win the other starting slot on the defensive line after missing 12 games in 2015 due to a triceps issue. Marks posted a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2014.

The second level of the defense has three players (Telvin Smith, Dan Skuta, and Paul Posluszny) with NFL experience while offering limited upside. Skuta has value against the run with minimal value in sacks (1.5 in 2015). Smith and Posluszny have risk against the run. I expect rookie LB Myles Jack to get plenty of snaps while offering speed and explosiveness to this defense.

All of the Jaguars' options to start at the safety positions graded poorly in all areas in 2015. The two favorites to win jobs appear to be John Cyprien and Tashaun Gipson. CB Jalen Ramsey will lose some value coaching leading up to training camp due to his minor knee surgery in mid-May that will keep him on the sidelines for about six weeks. His talent should play well on this defense. Jacksonville has three other CBs (Prince Amukamara, Aaron Colvin, and Davon House) that grade as league average starters. Amukamara looks to the highest skill set in pass coverage.

After looking at the free agent signings and additions in the draft, I thought this defense had a chance to make a nice step forward in 2016. Jacksonville should be improved on defense while still having some risk in multiple lineup slots. The key to the upside on defense is closing the passing window for QBs and improving their turnover rate in their secondary. This defense should have some matchup value in the Fantasy market.

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