Jaguars: Who will get to the Pro Bowl for the first time?
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars could have at least three first-time Pro Bowlers on their roster this season.
On a roster filled with young talent and potential breakout players, who will be a first-time Pro Bowl selection for the Jacksonville Jaguars? Last season, the Jaguars had Calais Campbell and Jalen Ramsey on the field in Orlando.
After sending six players in 2017, counting replacements, the Jaguars fell from grace last season.
2019 should be different. A few focus on offense. Players who are returning from injuries and new players who have been added to the roster. Here is a look at three players who might take a trip to Disney World the week before Super Bowl 54.
Josh Lambo – If not for an injury that sidelined him at the end of the season, would Josh Lambo have made the Pro Bowl?
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I find it ironic that Jason Myers of the New York Jets was on the field in Orlando after such a dismal start the2017 season. Lambo, who was signed to replace Myers, has been almost automatic during his stay in Jacksonville. The Jaguars can only hope this trend continues and their kicker plays in all 16 games next season.
Lambo made 19 of 20 field goals for the Jaguars in 2017 and 19 of 21 in 2018. Another season where is over 93 percent in connections and there should be no reason to think he won’t receive his first invitation to the Pro Bowl.
Myles Jack – It’s hard to believe it but Myles Jack is a grizzled veteran of this linebacker room going into his fourth season in the league. There is a reason to believe that this will be his best year in a Jaguars uniform and for good measure.
The “Man in the Middle” will make the defensive calls this season and hopefully pick up the slack left by Telvin Smith, who is sitting out the 2019 season. Even though the Jaguars brought in Jake Ryan in free agency, it was Jack who declared himself the team’s starting middle linebacker for the foreseeable future.
"“With Telvin Smith out of the mix, Jack — a standout coverage ‘backer and playmaker with four turnovers and two defensive scores in three seasons — figures to see another massive workload in 2019,” Marc Sessler of NFL.com wrote."
Leonard Fournette – I don’t believe the Jaguars will pick up Leonard Fournette’s fifth-year option next season, but I do think there is still a chance he is on this roster following the 2020 season. Of course the former LSU star will have to show he has matured on and off the field and taken on more of a leadership role in the locker room.
Fournette is an enigma of sorts with him running hot and cold with his desire to be the best running back in the NFL. I think this is a crossroads season for him, which makes it possible he will turn in his best statistical output in a Jacksonville uniform.
What I do think helps Fournette this season with a potential Pro Bowl bid, is his work on catching the football out of the backfield. If he can get 320 carries, gain 1,200 yards, score 12 touchdowns and catch 40 passes, he will be playing in the Pro Bowl this coming season.