4 Jacksonville Jaguars on defense need to show up vs Vikings

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Circumstances haven’t been kind to this Jacksonville Jaguars defense.

This has been the imperfect storm for the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. This past offseason they traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings and Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens. Keep in mind that parting ways with the veterans wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The team wanted to make changes and didn’t feel like they were part of the future.

The problem was that the ‘Jags’ failed to find adequate replacements for Ngakoue and Campbell. The team brass’ took defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson with the 20th overall pick o this year’s Player Selection Meeting, and hoped he would pick some of the slack.

Looking back, the decision to put all chips on the LSU product was not a good one. Chaisson has been underwhelmed and has failed to make an impact in 2020. The fact he can’t crack the Jaguars’ struggling lineup is worrisome.

Injuries haven’t been kind to the Jaguars either and have lost key players on defense to injuries in the last few weeks. In Week 13, they will be without their three starting cornerbacks and their best pass rusher, Josh Allen.

Defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, who was having a solid rookie season, will be out with a knee injury too. Despite injuries and a lack of playmakers, the Jaguars still need to fly to Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Vikings. These four Jaguars will need to step up if they want to slow down the ‘Vikes’.