Six Jacksonville Jaguars made the NFL Top 100 list for the upcoming season. Frankly, it wasn’t enough.
While the Jacksonville Jaguars can boast some of the best-skilled players on defense, the offense does not get the respect it deserves. That all could change this coming year with a solid running game and a better passing offense.
Who knows – this could be a team that has nine or 10 players on this list in 2019.
Here are four players who should make the Top 100 list for 2019.
I am a bit surprised to see Norwell not make the list after an All-Pro season with the Carolina Panthers in 2017.
Norwell is just what the Jaguars need on the offensive line to beef up run blocking. That could mean a better average per gain for Leonard Fournette. As I predicted earlier this month, getting to 4-yards-per-carry could mean Fournette reaches 1,300 yards in 2018.
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Norwell’s size and strength as an immovable object at left tackle should also make Cam Robinson better at left tackle. The idea of Robinson, Norwell, and center Brandon Linder on one side of the line should be intimidating to opposing defensive lines.
If everything had remained the same from last season, Paul Posluszny would be back at middle linebacker for the Jaguars, and we would be discussing Jack as a Pro Bowl player at outside linebacker.
I thought he might have been a player ranked in the 90s this past season, but because of the defense’s dominance in 2017, it’s just more incentive to see what Jack will do on the field in 2018.
He and Telvin Smith could be the best young linebacker tandem in the league. His speed alone is something that helps Jacksonville every time he is on the field.
Lindy’s Pro Football ranked Linder as one of the top 10 centers in the NFL last season. Linder showed he is one of the best by not allowing a sack in 444 snaps in 2017.
Linder, who was originally drafted to play right guard out of Miami in 2014, has made the transition to the pivot seem flawless the past three seasons. Even after missing three games last season due to illness, he returned to action, playing at a high ceiling.
I suspect if Linder has another solid season, he not only will make the Pro Bowl but will crack the top 100 list with ease.
He’s another one of those players who got snubbed last season and deserved a spot on this list. Jackson had the best season of his NFL career.
Jackson’s eight sacks from the defensive tackle spot were part of a defensive line that was dominant this past season. The rotation of Jackson, along with Marcell Dareus and Abry Jones, improved as a run-stuffing unit once the team traded the former Buffalo Bills star.
While Jackson was honored with a Pro Bowl berth, it was not enough to gain a spot in the Top 100. Another season like 2017 and he will be part of the exclusive fraternity.