Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack continues to improve his play from the linebacker position. Are big things in store for the fourth-year starter this season?
There has been plenty of talk about the Jacksonville Jaguars and their need to pick up Jalen Ramsey’s fifth-year option and sign defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to a long-term deal in the offseason. Very little has been said about the future of Myles Jack in teal and black. The fourth-year linebacker may have taken a step back last season from his 2017 performance on the field, but that does not mean he did not show signs of progress in 2018.
A deal for Jack may be just as important to the franchise as making sure his two draft mates are taken care for the future. Head coach Doug Marrone had a chance to speak about Jack and the importance of his play on the field when he was in Arizona for the NFL team meetings last week.
Everything that Marrone said about Myles Jack, a second-round pick in 2016, in between Ramsey in the first round and Ngakoue in the third, was positive.
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"“I look at Myles Jack as gosh how lucky are we that we have this guy that can play Sam (strongside), Mike (middle) and Will (weakside),” Doug Marrone said.“In the beginning, I think Mike was a position where you have to get experience because you are seeing things at a different level, but look how quickly Myles picked that up and he was able to play at a high level.”"
There has been a learning curve Myles Jack, a star at UCLA before being drafted by the Jaguars, had to go through. In his first season in the NFL, there were times when the defensive coaching staff may have not used him as effectively as it could have. In his second season, Jack showed more improvement while learning from Paul Posluszny.
Now, in the fourth season of his NFL career, the Pro Bowl season everyone thought he would have in 2018 may be right around the corner.
For his future and a possible new deal with the Jaguars, Myles Jack will be one of those players who could have the best season of his career, so far.
There were times last season when Jack and fellow linebacker Telvin Smith were criticized by local and national media for being out of place in space and coverage, but the season statistically wasn’t bad. He had one interception that was returned for a touchdown, 2.5 sacks, and 107 tackles.
Things should be even better this season in Todd Wash’s scheme.
"“We are fortunate to have someone like Myles Jack in that he is big, he is strong, he is fast, he can tackle, he has great ball skills,” Marrone said. “When people say, is Myles a Will, is he a Mike, is he a Will, is he a Sam? It is very difficult for me – what is he? He is good enough to be any of them and be the best at those positions. I really believe that.”"