Daquan Jones can fortify the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive line.
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said in his latest sit-down with the press that the team’s brass will prioritize solidifying their defensive front and bolstering their secondary. Coincidentally, there are two Tennesse Titans who are scheduled to hit the open market that could help Jacksonville achieve its goal.
While cornerback Malcolm Butler could give the Jaguars’ cornerback room a boost, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones could beef up their defensive line. A fourth-round selection by the Titans in 2014, the Penn State product has appeared in 99 games, with 93 starts, and has logged 235 total tackles (18 for a loss), nine sacks, two forced fumbles, and four passes defensed.
Jones is a solid run stuffer that can take on double teams to help his teammates make plays. Although he has never recorded more than 3.5 sacks in a season over his seven-year career, he’s also a serviceable pass-rusher. Moreover, he’s appeared in at least 61 percent of the team’s total snaps on defense in the last couple of years and has missed just four games in the last six seasons.
Delvin Tomlinson will arguably the best defensive tackle available in the open market but if the Jaguars aren’t interested in making a heavy investment in him, DaQuan Jones could then be an option. Pro Football Focus projects he will sign a two-year $15 million dollar contract in free agency, which is cheaper than the four-year $52.5 million deal they predict Tomlinson will earn.