Jacksonville Jaguars waiver target No. 5 – LB Micah Kiser
Linebackers Myles Jack and Joe Schobert were two of the Jaguars’ few bright spots last season. But the latter is no longer with the team after being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 2017 Pro Bowl nod spent most of the offseason in Jacksonville but left just before the start of the preseason.
Currently, Jack and Damien Wilson are the top linebackers on the Jaguars’ depth chart. If either one misses time, Shaquille Quarterback, Dakota Allen, or Chapelle Russell would take their place in the lineup. All of them have upside but none are a proven commodity.
That’s where Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser comes in. The Jags could claim the 2018 fifth-round pick on the waiver wire. Last season, he played and started nine games and posted 77 total tackles, three pass deflections, and one forced fumble. With Troy Reeder, and Kenny Young earning a bigger role on the Rams defense, there was no longer room for the fourth-year linebacker in Los Angeles.
Before roster cutdown day, Kiser was a potential trade target but a deal never materialized. He should now garner interest from teams that are in need of linebacker help.
The Virginia product appeared in 31 defensive snaps in the preseason and posted a Pro Football Focus grade of 88.2. Despite the fact that he carries injury red flags, he could be an asset and could eventually join the Jaguars’ roster if he manages to stay healthy.