Jacksonville made one of the most underrated additions to their defense of the entire off-season, when they were able to steal Paul Posluszny away from the Buffalo Bills. He led the squad for four years with a staggering 8.8 tackles per game, and has already filled the hole in the middle of the Jags’ defense that has been there for a decade. He has already had two double-digit tackle performances on the year, and is quietly tied for 15th in the NFL in tackles.
Posluszny has been a bit of a liability in coverage throughout his career, but he has proved himself the best open-field tackler on the Jags’ roster. He never tackles running backs high, which can be one of the most critical errors at the position. He does tend to take poor angles when making plays, but he has enough skill to make sure he can at least make the tackle. “Poz” has also had some injuries in recent years, missing time in two consecutive seasons with a broken right forearm. However, the injuries were purely unlucky, and in no way has affected his overall physical condition.
He has not posted big sack numbers, raking in only 4 throughout his five professional seasons. This is extremely disappointing considering that he averaged a respectable 3 sacks a season over his tenure at Penn State. “Poz” has the tools to be a better blitzing interior linebacker, but that only depends on how defensive coordinator Mel Tucker chooses to use him.
He is a top-ten fantasy linebacker in any IDP leagues, but some better sack number will cause his stock to sky-rocket. The Jags’ defense is constantly on the field, due the struggles of their offense, which only gives Posluszny more chances to make plays. He may not have the name recognition of Ray Lewis or Lance Briggs, but he will certainly put up comparable numbers all year long. Posluszny warrants a starting spot in all IDP leagues, and his high tackles numbers easily makes him a number one linebacker.
- By Adam McGill