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Justin Houston could fortify the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive line.
The ‘Jags’ need help in their defensive line. The unit wasn’t able to generate pressure upfront and frequently got steamrolled this past season. Former general manager David Caldwell deserved plenty of the blame for that, as he shipped defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue last offseason.
The fact the Jaguars’ 2020 free-agent acquisitions, defensive end Rodney Guenther and defensive tackle Al Woods, didn’t play a down last season didn’t help matters either. Nevertheless, the team is now in good cap shape and can add a few contributors in free agency. Colts defensive end Justin Houston is no longer the All-Pro that registered 22 sacks in 2014. However, he still played at a high level in 2020, logging eight sacks, 25 total tackles (eight for a loss), and one forced fumble.
In his two-year stint with the ‘Horseshoe’, Houston has amassed 19 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. Although age may be a concern (he’ll be 32), the veteran defensive end has shown he can still perform at a high level and the Jaguars’ front four could benefit from his presence.
Defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson finished the 2020 season on a high note and Josh Allen should healthy after dealing with a knee injury. However, Houston can turn Jacksonville’s defensive line into a formidable unit.