Jaguars: Myles Jack ranked among the best LBs in recent ranking

Linebacker Myles Jack #44 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)
Linebacker Myles Jack #44 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t been very good at retaining their homegrown talent in recent years. They have traded away players such as Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue. On the bright side, they have managed to keep Myles Jack, one of the most underrated linebackers in the NFL. Although the Jags didn’t win many games in 2020, Jack landed on a very unique list.

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus recently ranked the top 32 linebackers in the NFL and believes Jack is the 15th best. While some of the names ahead of him may be questionable, the fact he ranked among the best 15 linebackers in the league is worth recognition. After all, it’s easy to forget how good the former Bruin is because he doesn’t play for a team with a bigger national profile.

Monson says that Jack is one of the most athletic linebackers in the NFL. On the other hand, he says that Jack will play at a high level for stretches but “the wheels always begin to wobble at some point”. Monson believes that having more talent around Jack should help him find more consistency in 2021.

Myles Jack is no longer the only playmaker on the Jaguars’ defense.

Jack has missed seven games over the last two years. Staying healthy should also help the veteran linebacker perform at an even better level. The last time he played all 16 games was in 2018. That year, he logged 107 total tackles, one tackle for a loss one forced fumble. Moreover, he returned a 32-yard interception for a touchdown against the New York Giants in the season opener.

Back in 2017, Jack was one of many difference-makers the Jaguars had on defense. However, the team’s brass dismantling the unit the following pieces, and the linebacker was one of the few remaining pieces last year. Not having other playmakers certainly hurt Jack. As good as he was, he couldn’t do it all.

On the bright side, the Jags have spent the offseason adding depth and adding a few playmakers to all three levels on defense. As a veteran leader, Jacks will help the Jaguars’ defense become a more efficient unit.

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