The Jaguars are experiencing perhaps the worst season in franchise history. With just one win to their name at the midway point, there's not much hope in Jacksonville. What fans can find some solace in, however, is the individual play of some of the Jaguars' key players.
The best of them? Myles Jack.
And he's been recognized by Pro Football Focus as a Second-Team midseason All-Pro. Finally playing at his most natural position, weakside linebacker, Jack has been a superstar for the Jaguars in 2020. He's the highest graded linebacker in PFF's database this year. Jack has been an elite run defender and a very, very good coverage linebacker as well. He's not only been consistent, but he's gone above the Xs and Os on several occasions. From Jack's miraculous interception in the back of the end zone against the Bengals, to his jarring hit on David Johnson forcing an incompletion, to his forced fumble of Duke Johnson, this has been his best season to date.
So, why isn't Jack First-Team All-Pro, according to PFF?
I believe the answer is multifaceted. For one, PFF only named two off-ball linebackers to their midseason All-Pro team. Had they put three off-ball linebackers on the list, Jack likely would have been included on the First-Team. Then there's the issue of playing for the Jaguars. Picking a player from the lowly Jaguars for an All-Pro team isn't sexy. Third, Jack's missed two games this year and part of another, impacting his tackle totals and somewhat limiting his game-changing plays.
Still, in a season where the Jaguars boast a 1-7 record, for Jack to be recognized at all should give fans of the black and teal a reason to puff out their chest. And his performance should give Myles Jack a feeling of vindication. Folks in Jacksonville and around the league were down on Jack after the 2019 season, in which he battled through injuries, poor play around him, and was out of position. Now that Jack is playing on the outside — where he should've been from the get-go — he's showing the world why he was once considered a lock to be a top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Prior to the 2019 season, the Jaguars and Myles Jack agreed to a four-year, $57 million extension. There's a potential team out in the contract after 2020, but with a boat-load of cap space, there's no reason the Jaguars should not ride out the contract and perhaps extend him beyond the 2023 season before his current deal expires.
Jack's ability to play within the defense AND make game-changing plays is a rare-find. That's not the type of player a good organization let's leave.
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