Jaguars can still sign these 4 impact free agents before training camp

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Justin Houston could give the Jacksonville Jaguars’ pass rush a boost.

The Jaguars had trouble applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks last year, so they revamped their defensive front this offseason. They signed Roy Robertson-Harris and Jihad Ward. Also, they brought back Adam Gotsis and Dawuane Smoot.

Defensive coordinator Joe Cullen believes the defense can double their sack totals from 2020. That’s a pretty reasonable goal when you take into account that Pro Bowl EDGE defender Josh Allen will be fully healthy after missing eight games with a knee injury. Furthermore, the team’s brass expects K’Lavon Chaisson to turn the corner after posting 21 pressures in the last seven games of the 2021 season.

On the other hand, former Indianapolis Colts EDGE rusher Justin Houston is still available. The 2014 First-Team All-Pro nod isn’t the player he was in his prime but he still has enough gas left in the tank to be an effective situational pass rusher. Over the last two years, he’s logged 52 total tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, and 19 sacks. Furthermore, he didn’t miss a single game and started all 32.

Houston could be looking to join a contender but he could make an impact in Jacksonville. He has experience playing with his hand on the ground and in a two-point stance, so he wouldn’t have trouble adjusting to Cullen’s hybrid scheme. Even if the four-time Pro Bowl selection is a step slower, he could help the Jaguars in 2021.