Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 biggest training-camp wild cards
Is Leon Jacobs part of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ long-term plans?
One of the Jaguars’ few bright spots on defense was their linebacker corps. Even though they ranked near the cellar in points allowed, Myles Jack and Joe Schobert played at a high level all year long. Had Leon Jacobs not suffered a knee injury against the Miami Dolphins, he would have posted solid numbers as well.
A seventh-round selection in 2018, the Wisconsin product has appeared in 29 games with 12 starts. After playing 14 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in his rookie campaign, he appeared in 31 percent the following season. If he’s fully healthy, he should have a good shot at competing for his old job back. The thing is that the Jags added reinforcements to their linebacker corps this offseason. They inked former Kansas City Chief Damien Wilson in free agency and signed Dylan Moses as an undrafted free agent after the conclusion of the selection meeting.
Defensive coordinator Joe Cullen says he plans to switch between 3-4 and 4-3 alignments, so it will be interesting to see how many linebackers Jacksonville plans to carry this upcoming season. Schobert and Jack have their spot pretty much guaranteed. Jacobs could compete with Wilson for the third one and whoever loses will be the primary backup. The current coaching staff didn’t take Jacobs, so they have no attachment to him. This will make it an intriguing training camp battle to monitor.