After an exceptional 2020 campaign, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack is ready to make a colossal impact in 2021. The soon-to-be sixth-year NFL veteran was one of the NFL’s best linebackers in pass coverage last season.
Besides being a stud in pass defense, Jack was also pivotal for the Jaguars when they needed him most. Also, he continues to show the ability to be one of the league’s best sideline-to-sideline defenders.
Overall, Jack is one of the league’s best linebackers — even if he doesn’t get much recognition outside of Jacksonville — and is the heart and soul of the team’s defense. Moving forward, the former UCLA Bruin will be an integral part of the new defensive scheme for the Black and Teal, so what are some realistic expectations for arguably the ‘Jags’ best player on the defensive side of the ball?
How can Myles Jack be a Pro Bowler for the Jaguars in 2021?
With a complete reload of talented defensive additions this past offseason, Jack should be able to get the Jaguars defense to a respectable level of play. In spite of the team’s defensive woes last season, he logged 118 total tackles, six tackles for a loss, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, and one interception. Moreover, he made the Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro team last year.
Frequently, many defensive units have stalwart players that get overlooked due to the team being downright bad. With the addition of quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 NFL Draft, Jacksonville’s offense should give the defense more time off the field compared to the previous regular season.
Not having to spend a vast amount of time on the field will enable Jack to preserve stamina and be even more effective, which should be a frightening thought for opposing defenses. Former Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone believed that both Jack and running back James Robinson should have made the Pro Bowl last season if not for injuries. From the same report, even Jack himself believes he can do more.
"I think I’ve had a pretty decent season. There’s a lot of plays that I want back looking back on film, so it hasn’t been perfect, like up to my standards. As far as [the] Pro Bowl, I don’t know. I definitely would like to go to the Pro Bowl and receive that bonus. That would be cool so I can invest that money. But Pro Bowl [nominees] typically comes from winning teams and we haven’t been winning and there’s plays I could’ve made that could’ve helped us win. I kind of put that on me, so I don’t know. -via SI.com"
As 2021 approaches, expect the standout linebacker to go above and beyond to lead the Black and Teal to victory while earning Pro Bowl honors along the way. In addition, Jack has the potential to outdo himself and earn a spot on one of the NFL’s All-Pro teams as well. He’s played at a high level throughout his career and it’s time the league takes notice. Winning games will go a long way toward helping his cause.