Jaguars post-offseason workouts 53-man roster projection: Defense
The Jaguars' biggest loss in the offseason was probably defensive end Arden Key, who joined the division rival Tennessee Titans. A third-round pick by the Las Vegas Raiders in 2018, Key landed with the Jaguars last offseason after a breaking out with the San Francisco 49ers the year before. However, the former LSU Tiger felt disrespected by the offer the Jags made him in free agency, so he opted to cross enemy lines.
Losing Key certainly stings but the Jaguars are expecting players such as rookies Yasir Abdullah or Tyler Lacy to pick up some of the slack. If either one shows out in training camp, Key's departure might not have a huge impact on their pass rush next season, especially when you take into account that last year's starting lineup will remain mostly intact.
It's also worth noting that the Jaguars opted to give new deals to defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris rather than bring Key back. Similarly, the team's brass re-signed safety Andrew Wingard, defensive end Adam Gotsis and cornerback Tre Herndon, who were important contributors last year.
Defensive linemen (7): Roy Robertson-Harris, Adam Gotsis, De'Shaan Dixon, DaVon Hamilton, Tyler Lacey, Folorunso Fatukasi, and Michael Dogbe
Outside linebackers (4): Travon Walker, Josh Allen, Yasir Abdullah, K'Lavon Chaisson,
Middle linebackers (5): Foyesade Oluokun, Chad Muma, Devin Lloyd, Shaquille Quarterman, Ventrell Miller
Cornerbacks (6): Darious Williams, Tyson Campbell, Tre Herndon, Montaric Brown, Gregory Junior, Christian Braswell
Safeties (5): Andre Cisco, Andrew Wingard, Rayshawn Jenkins, Antonio Johnson, Erick Hallet II