Who is the Jaguars most indispensable player for 2019?
By David Levin
Who is the one player the Jacksonville Jaguars cannot get through the 2019 regular season without them being on the field?
Who is the most indispensable player on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster? If you took a poll of fans here in Duuuval, you would get a myriad of answers for different reasons. Those who support the Black and Teal are in tune with the value players have on this roster. Just look at last season and the proof was right there on (or off) the field.
I don’t always agree with Adam Schein of NFL.com, but this time I think he has a valid point when it comes to discussing the most indispensable players in the NFL. The columnists said the nine players who made his list are necessarily considered the best players in the league, but given their importance to the franchise they play for, the impact would be felt if they were not able to play.
"“This is not a simple ranking of the best players in the game today,” Schein writes. “My aim is to spotlight the guys who are most critical to their teams’ success, taking into account surrounding talent, game planning and all of the other factors that are unique to each franchise.”"
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No Jaguars made “The List” but they were spoken of fondly. He could not choose between Calais Campbell and Jalen Ramsey as to which one is more important to this roster. It was a topic discussed on Jaguars Today on 1010XL AM and 92.5 FM here in Jacksonville this past week. Ramsey and Campbell were a huge part of the discussion, but there were other players. Myles Jack is the leader one player who might have the most pressure to perform on the defensive side of the ball. Leonard Fournette may be the most scrutinized impact player on offense.
Schein believes the Jaguars defense will “bounce back” this season given the drop off last season. While Jacksonville had a top-five unit, it did not play with the same intensity as the one in 2017. Only the course of a seven-game losing streak in the middle of the season, the defense was exposed with a lack of pass defense and the linebackers and secondary was caught out of position in coverage, especially in losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Jaguars have other players who could fit in that category as well. Nick Foles comes to this roster with much to prove after his success in Philadelphia. The quarterback who was always ready to jump into the fire when Carson Wentz went down with injuries is now the leader of the band. Will have the same kind of impact with a passing offense that might not be as talented?
A player no one talks about much would be Marcell Dareus. An unsung hero on the defensive line, the tackle is the leader of the team’s run defense. Losing him would certainly weaken the front four. Dareus was brought in at midseason in 2017 to help shore up the run defense.
It’s not a good thing when a football team must count of a kicker for success, but the Jaguars have been blessed to have Josh Lambo with the team the past two seasons. The free agent was signed during 2017 and converted 19 of 20 field goals, then followed that up by connecting on 19 of 21 attempts last season. Despite missing the final three weeks of the season, he was one of the team’s most consistent weapons in 2018.