Jacksonville Jaguars: ‘Stealing’ one player from every AFC West team

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Darren Waller would propel the Jacksonville Jaguars offense.

Earlier this year, safety and tight end were the Jaguars’ weakest positional groups. While the team addressed the former, the latter could still use a boost, and getting a top 3 tight end such as Darren Waller could take Jacksonville’s offense to the next level.

A 2015 sixth-round selection, Waller didn’t do much of note early in his NFL career. Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, it wasn’t until he was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders that the Georgia Tech product took off. Back in Baltimore, he appeared in 12 games with four starts and hauled in 12 receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns. In comparison, he has played in 36 games with 31 starts for the Raiders. Moreover, he’s caught 203 passes for 2,416 yards and has taken 12 trips to the end zone.

Last season, D-Wall should’ve been named Second-Team All-Pro. However, since Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was a unanimous selection, the Associated Press kept the Second-Team slot empty. It doesn’t matter though, you will have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t think Waller isn’t an upper-echelon tight end.

What makes the Maryland native’s success in football even more newsworthy is the fact he dealt with substance abuse early in his NFL career. He missed the 2017 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Nevertheless, he fought his demons and now has a foundation that helps others overcome addictions to drugs and alcohol.

The Jacksonville Jaguars would get a great player on the field, and a positive influence on the locker room, that’s why Waller is currently one the best NFL players regardless of the position.

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