Sen’Derrick Marks had a helluva season in 2014. He put together 8.5 sacks and dominated the interior of the offensive line from the defensive tackle position. He’s the complete package for the Jacksonville Jaguars and he’s a foundation piece for a young team that desperately needs players to build around.
The work he put it was honored by the people putting together the NFL’s Top 100 Players on Wednesday night, giving Marks the nod at number 76. He was the first Jaguars defensive player to ever land on the NFL’s Top 100 Players list. The list has only been compiled the last five years and the Jaguars have had lackluster seasons since 2007.
It isn’t just the sack numbers that get Sen’Derrick Marks noticed, however. Marks also had 44 tackles (career high), 15 tackles for a loss, 16 quarterback hurries, and is credited with knocking three passes down. That’s high production for a defensive tackle on the inside of a relatively weak defense.
He should only improve as the Jaguars around him get better. While the third overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft, Dante Fowler Jr., won’t be joining Marks on the defensive line this season due to injury, the Jags bolstered the defensive line with the addition of Jared Odrick and should see increased production from surprise standouts like Ryan Davis. Some of that may be along the interior while some of it may come from the defensive end position. Either way, having better players around Marks should lead for more success both for him and for the Jaguars’ defense.
It is hopeful that the Jaguars will have Sen’Derrick Marks back from injury to start the 2015 NFL season as he recovers from an ACL tear suffered at the end of the 2014 season. He’ll be ready close to the season opener, but there are no promises that the team will have him back to start the season. Hopefully he’ll bring his standout performance right out of the gate when he returns.
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