Jun 16, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons (91) during minicamp at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
3) Chris Clemons, leo defenisve end, Jacksonville Jaguars
Like Paul Posluszny, Chris Clemons is a player who had plenty of criticism facing him heading into the 2015 regular season. I questioned whether his return to the Jacksonville Jaguars even mattered.
It turns out it does.
Filling in for the injured Dante Fowler Jr. at the leo, edge rushing position in the Jaguars defensive line, Clemons has seen his value increase with injuries like Fowler’s and to Andre Branch as well. Chris ‘Father Time’ Clemons is needed by the Jaguars and they desperately need him to be a more consistent pass rush threat.
On Sunday he came out hot. Nearly getting to Cam Newton on numerous occasions, Clemons posted one of the team’s two sacks (linebacker Dan Skuta getting the other). He also managed to knock down a pass.
To me, Clemons did more than expected. He actually did what the Jaguars coaching staff seems to hope he can do week in and week out. Hopefully we see more efforts like that through the season.
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