2. The Jaguars poached a pretty good defender from the Broncos in the form of Malik Jackson. How has Denver gone about replacing him and has his absence been felt?
"The absence of Jackson has been evident all year, especially since his replacement — Vance Walker — went down before the season with a knee injury. The Broncos signed Jared Crick, who was originally meant to be in rotation with Walker, and drafted Adam Gotsis, who was meant to rotate with the likes of Derek Wolfe. It’s been something of a struggle and the Broncos haven’t gotten the same kind of push against the run they had last year, but the front seven has still been very tough for opposing teams to deal with."
Malik Jackson was arguably the best player on the field in the Super Bowl last year, so it would be shocking if Sayre answered otherwise. Jackson has received some criticism of his play this season but it’s entirely unwarranted. Malik Jackson has been one of the best players on a good Jacksonville defense. He’s had a few bad moments but he’s done enough to warrant his signing thus far. As far as the Broncos are concerned, they still have a multitude of edge rushers that somewhat alleviate the loss of Jackson. The Jaguars don’t have anyone the caliber of Von Miller rushing the passer.
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