Pro Football Focus has been busy, ranking NFL position groups from top to bottom. Needless to say, the Jaguars have not fared well so far. However, earlier today, PFF ranked linebacker units heading into the 2020 season. To my surprise, the Jaguars ranked in the top half of the league.
Let's take a look:
12. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
PFF's Steve Palazzolo hits the nail on the head here in regards to Myles Jack. Moving him to weakside linebacker should, in theory, allow him to be a more instinctual playmaker, more in line with what we saw during the early part of his career. And while I think Joe Schobert's struggles in run defense are a bit overblown, as evidenced by 133 tackles and seven tackles for loss in 2019, Schobert could stand to improve his block shedding. Having a true middle linebacker, one who understands the nuances of the defense, should improve the entire defensive unit. And most importantly, Joe Schobert and Myles Jack now have each other to lean on. Both players were a bit of a one-man show in 2019. Having a competent partner should work wonders for both players' confidence and allow them to focus on their assignment instead of overcompensating for squeaky wheels around them.
The Jaguars also boast Leon Jacobs at SAM, who's been very consistent over his first two years in the league. Their depth should be improved as well, with Shaq Quarterman playing behind Schobert in the middle and Quincy Williams backup Jack on the weakside.
I might have the Jaguars' linebackers ranked a bit higher than twelve, but I don't think it's an unreasonable ranking.
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