Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 training camp preview: Defensive line

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The Jacksonville Jaguars D-Line is in good shape ahead of training camp.

Here’s a look at all the defensive linemen that will partake in Jaguars’ training camp as listed by the team’s official website.

Defensive linemen:

  • Taven Bryan
  • Roy Robertson Harris

Defensive tackles:

  • Malcom Brown
  • DaVon Hamilton
  • Doug Costin
  • Daniel Ekuale
  • Kenny Randall
  • Daniel Ross
  • Jay Tufele

Defensive ends:

  • Adam Gotsis
  • Lerentee McCray
  • Aaron Patrick
  • Jordan Smith
  • Dawuane Smoot
  • Jihad Ward

EDGE rusher Josh Allen is listed as linebacker/defensive end, and so is sophomore K’Lavon Chaisson, who will be making the switch to strong linebacker after playing with his hand on the ground last season. Rookie Jordan Smith will back up Allen, so it’s fair to assume he will also line up at different spots. Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen will run a defense with 3-4 and 4-3 alignments, so players could have different responsibilities from the ones they had last year in Todd Wash’s scheme.

Lerentee McCray has been with the Jaguars since 2017 and has seen time on defense and special teams. He opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jaguars signed Aaron Patrick to the practice squad last season and didn’t appear in a game.

Daniel Ekuale signed with the Cleveland Browns after going undrafted in 2018. He was slapped with a four-game suspension towards the end of the year. He appeared in seven games in 2019. He was waived last year and promptly claimed by the Jaguars. The Washington State product played nine games with five starts and logged 13 total tackles and one tackle for a loss.

Daniel Ross joined the Jaguars late in the 2020 season after spending time with the Las Vegas Raider and Dallas Cowboys. He appeared in two games and posted three total tackles and one tackle for a loss. Kenny Randall landed in Jacksonville after not having his name called in this year’s draft.