4 Jacksonville Jaguars on defense need to show up vs Vikings

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2. player. 52. . . . Dawuane Smoot, defensive end

If these two play well, the Jacksonville Jaguars will have a shot.

Defensive end Dawuane Smoot‘s 2.5 sacks lead the team and that is concerning. If you want to know why the Jaguars defense has been such a liability this year, you should start there. They’re dead last in quarterback takedowns and have a hard time pressuring opposing quarterbacks.

Not having defensive end Josh Allan definitely hurts the defensive line’s performance, but the ‘Jags’ should be able to rack up more than a paltry 11 sacks. Smoot had a career-high six quarterback takedowns in 2019, so even he is underperforming. Against the Vikings, he will be responsible for generating pressure upfront.

. . Myles Jack, linebacker. 1. player. 52.

Veteran Myles Jack recently made Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro team. That speaks volumes about the kind of performance the linebacker is having in spite of the struggles the Jaguars defense has been surrounded by. All in all, he’s recorded 41 solo tackles, 33 assists, one forced fumble, and one interception.

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The UCLA standout has a good chance of being voted to the Pro Bowl, and he is the only Jaguars defender that has a legitimate shot of getting the designation, which is a reflection of the lack of playmakers the defense currently has.