After a long offseason the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line seems primed for a breakout year. With plenty of talent on the roster which player will lead the Jaguars in sacks. Here are a few possibilities.
First on this list who has potential to lead in sacks for the Jags. Yannick Ngakoue. He burst onto the scene with eight sacks as a rookie. Ngakoue’s speed and technique will help him against opposing offensive tackles. At defensive end Ngakoue has the opportunity to solidify himself as the Jags top pass rusher this season. My prediction. 9+ sacks
Another possibility is Sheldon day. Relatively quiet his first season with the team Day only registered one sack. However there are signs of his improvement. In the first preseason game Day routinely disrupted the New England Patriots backfield. Placing pressure on the quarterback and running backs. Playing behind Malik Jackson on the defensive line Day will still get his chances to apply pressure with his pass rush. Maintaining this level of play headed into this season is a reason Day can breakout along the defensive line. My prediction. 5 sacks
Also a possibility is Dante Fowler. After a third overall draft pick in 2015 he is still looking to have a breakout season. Fowler needs to capitalize on this opportunity and showcase his natural talent. If Fowler can avoid costly penalties and find a rhythm this season he could be one of the teams leaders in sacks. This season Fowler will get his chances, its about how many of those he can convert. My prediction. 6+ sacks
Finally, a chance for production along the defensive line is free agent Calais Campbell. Don’t count out the veteran form having a big year. Campbell is only a year removed from an eight sack season. At 6’8 282 lbs his size and power will create opportunities along the defensive line. Campbell came over free agency to contribute. With his size, power, and experience Campbell has the opportunity to lead along the defensive line. My prediction. 7 Sacks
Overall each of these players have the ability to lead the Jags in sacks. Whoever it is someone above or someone I’ve left off if the Jags defense can get consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback it will be a good season for the defense.