Calais Campbell thinks the Jags defensive line is ‘stacked with talent’

After having drafted an edge rusher in the past three drafts, Campbell is not alone in thinking the Jags defensive line has immense talent.

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Calais Campbell thinks the Jags defensive line is ‘stacked with talent’

  • Speaking at OTAs, defensive end Calais Campbell, who the Jaguars signed in free agency, feels the team is “stacked with talent, especially at D-Line”.
  • The Jaguars have made a point to address their pass rush over the past years, selecting at least one edge rusher in the past three NFL drafts.
  • Selected third in 2015, Dante Fowler missed his entire rookie season due to a torn ACL. By the end of 2016, Fowler seemed much more comfortable rushing the passer. His 10 pressures between weeks 15-17 were tied for 9th among 53 qualifying 4-3 defensive ends in that span.
  • Yannick Ngakoue, a third-round selection in 2016, showed pass rushing ability from the start. His 47 pressures in 2016 were second among all rookie edge rushers.
  • The Jaguars drafted another edge rusher this past draft in Dawuane Smoot. In his final year at Illinois, Smoot led all draft-eligible edge rushers with 28.4 snaps per bull rush pressure.
  • Jacksonville certainly has talent throughout the defense as Campbell mentioned. However, continued development from the young pass rushers he mentioned will be key to potential 2017 success.

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  • Andre Taylor

    Calais Campbell brings leadership, production, toughness and the credibility that the Jags haven’t had in some time now. Together with last years big free agent signing DT Malik Jackson on the interior of the D-line, teams will not be able to double-team both, with veteran DT Roy Miller, promising DT Sheldon Day and Michael Bennett. Giving the Jags depth to rotation fresh bodies inside. Campbell and Jackson can both stuff the run or get after the QB, giving DE’s Dante Fowler, Yannick Ngakoue, rookie 3rd rounder Daewone Smoot, and undrafted free agents Carroll Phillips, and Joe Mathis. The D-line will be a handful for any offensive line. With the ability to bring pressure inside and out, and providing excellent run defense. LB’s OLB Tevin Smith, with Myles Jack switching position with Paul Posluszny as the new MLB. Posluszny will move to SLB position , coming off the field on 3rd and obvious passing downs. Posluszny is a proven veteran and his leadership will be big plus with such a young roster. However don’t be surprised when rookie Blair Brown ends up replacing Posluszny on the strong side, Brown is a tackling machine. A bit short, but hits with authority and has some coverage ability to cover RB’s and some TE’s. Jacksonville has the right amount of veteran and young up-coming talent, the secondary has a chance to be one of the better ones in the NFL. Last years 1st rounder CB Jaylen Ramsey will be paired with newly signed CB A.J. Bouye on the outside, the slot will be a battle between Aaron Colvin and rookie Jaylen Myrick. SS Barry Church was signed to give the secondary a thumper on the back end. Although FS Tashaun Gipson didn’t have the type of season many had hoped, Gipson is only 25-years-old and with better talent around him should have a bounce back year. On paper the defense looks unstoppable, it will be up to Campbell and the other veterans to help the defense reach their full potential.