4 Jacksonville Jaguars with the most at stake in 2021

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The Jacksonville Jaguars need Josh Allen to lead the defensive turnaround.

When a team ranks near the cellar of most meaningful categories, you know there is more than just one problem and the Jaguars had several in 2020. It’s true that injuries hit them hard but they are an inherent part of the game, that’s why having depth is key. Jacksonville addressed this issue the best it could this offseason and fortified most positional groups. In particular, they bolstered their defensive line with the signing of Jihad Ward and Roy Robertson-Harris. Moreover, they brought back Dawuane Smoot and Adam Gotsis.

However, they refrained from adding a playmaker at defensive end this offseason because of the presence of Josh Allen. The 2019 first-round pick made the Pro Bowl in his rookie campaign but was slowed down by a knee injury last year. He was limited to eight games and posted just 2.5 sacks after logging 10.5 the season before.

Allen doesn’t have anything to prove, as he already showed he can play at a high level. Nevertheless, the Jaguars need him to take the next step in 2021 if they want to have a serviceable defense. Last season, they ranked 31st in points allowed, and their inability to rush the quarterback was a big reason why.

Alongside sophomore K’Lavon Chaisson, a healthy Allen should have no trouble registering double-digit sacks this upcoming season. He’s their most talented pass rusher on the team and he will play a key role in the Jags’ defensive success or lack thereof in 2021.

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