Each week during this season, Jaguar Report will receive questions about Jacksonville Jaguars from our readers on social media and answer questions and answers in a format that gives readers a chance to be heard.
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Since the draft lasts only a few hours, we answer questions about which defenders can see an increase in their production, the role of the successor Ja 1 of Jaguars and others.
Question No defender had a really impressive number last year Is this changing this year and who is changing it?
A: You’re not wrong. The 2021 Jaguars had one player with double-digit passes (Tyson Campbell with 10), one player with multiple forced frictions (Andre Cisco), two players with more than three sacks (Josh Allen with 7.5, Dowane Smoot with six), one player with more than seven shots to lose (Allen with 12), one player with more than 15 quarterback shots (Smoot with 16) and only one player with multiple grips (Campbell with two). In general, Jaguars simply did not affect the protection last year and the lack of individual production shows it.
So which players do I think see a jump in production this year? I think Shaquille Griffin is a candidate who makes a lot of sense. Seven rebounds and no interceptions in 2021 mean Griffin is a prime candidate to see a huge leap this year, especially if his ball skills have improved since last season.
I would also point out Roy Robertson-Harris. The former Chicago Bear had some impressive performances at the end of the season as a pass-rusher last season, but still ended the year with three dismissals, nine quarterback goals and four loss fights. Robertson-Harris had a better year than his numbers, especially after an ankle injury earlier in the season, and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t surpass them this year. Not only does he fit much better into Mike Caldwell’s defense than Joe Cullen’s, but he’s still Jaguars’ best inside pass and as a result has a good chance of getting after the quarterback.
Q: Who is your surprise starter in attack and defense?
A: That’s a good question! Last year’s surprise starter was Andrew Wingard, with no real surprises in the attack. Once again, I wonder if there will be any surprises in the attack, given that it seems that every offensive line outside the right grip has an established starter and newcomers like Evan Engram, Christian Kirk and Zay Jones will start in their respected positions.
As for the defense, I think there is one name we need to watch out for: Adam Gocis. Gotsis received many valuable repetitions with the starting defense in last week’s OTA training and has the traits of being a hit player against running and an upright pass-rocher. A week in the first week of Josh Allen and Traven Walker as an outside midfielder with Gocis, Robertson-Harris and Foley Fatukassi starting on the defensive line seems really plausible.
Question What role will Dan Arnold play with the addition of Evan Engram
A: I think he will obviously see a smaller role than last season, when he was the best option for Jaguar passes as a result of injuries to a wide receiver and tight end. Arnold is a solid player, but his role as an Option 2 in the Tight and Hall may actually serve his skill set better than last year, when he was asked to take on the weight of the position before the injury. Engram should be expected to start and see the lion’s share of the work in the near future, but Arnold will still develop a role thanks to his movement skills.
Q: What does the rookie class look like in 2021? Do you think they have climbed in the depth chart or fallen a little?
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A: I think it’s safe to assume that Lawrence, Etienne, Campbell and Cisco will have big roles. Etienne will see a lot of action. especially at the start of the season, and Campbell and Cisco look like starters in the background. Then it’s a little murky. Walker Little must win the right job from Jawaan Taylor or enter the second year as a swing. Jay Tufele and Jordan Smith are working with reserve units and depth options should be considered, although Smith left training on Monday with an injury. It is not uncommon to believe that Luke Farrell could play a bigger role in attack than Tufele and Smith in defense this season.
In short, I think four of the first five choices will be played early and often, while the rest of the class still has to prove itself in the depth ranking.
Q: Based on Doug Pederson’s story, are you at all worried that he won’t appreciate investing in a real # 1 WR to help Trevor develop by relying on a scheme / TE instead?
A: I don’t think it’s fair to go back to Pederson’s story and assume that the Jaguars won’t take big swings for receiver number 1. They paid Christian Kirk above market value and more or less as receiver number 1, until their attempts to trade for Amari Cooper also show a desire to add playmakers to the position. The Jaguars failed to make a dominant No. 1 off-season, as many had hoped to do, but I think their actions and intentions disproved that Pederson would not invest in successors. Every team and off-season are different, so I think the lack of Pederson’s No. 1 successor with the Eagles had more to do with that particular team and their resources. With that in mind, the Eagles signed a significant deal with Alchon Jeffrey and selected Jalen Reagor in the first round during Pederson’s term, so he did not deviate exactly from the position.
Question Do you have any idea who was the unnamed player who sang the praises of Ben Barch in the professional cup
A: My guess? DeForest Buckner, who was more or less a complete non-factor in the surprise victory of the Week 18 over the Colts. Buckner started two games against Barch last year, so it makes sense. Other guesses may be Grady Jarrett or Jeffrey Simmons, but Buckner is my guess.
Question: I would like an update to Walker Little. Does it work in the right way to capture OTAs? What do you think are his chances of winning the job on Taylor?
A: It seems that the first leading candidate to win the job is Taylor, who got his first leg in a proper shot last week and looks the same this week. This race will heat up more when the pads appear and the pre-season begins, but there is a real chance that Little will re-enter Year 2 as a reserve. Taylor’s three years of initial experience in the right grip compared to Little’s relative inexperience in general and his complete lack of experience in the right grip may give him an advantage.
Question: What is your forecast “VERY early” for the depth of WR Week 1?
A: Marvin Jones and Zay Jones outside, Christian Kirk in the slot. All three play all three roles. Then you have Laviska Sheno as the next person to succeed № 4 and the healthy Jamal Agnu as № 5. If Agnu is not healthy, I think the next option could be Lacuon Treadwell, who has had better off-season than Kevin Austin so far. Don’t count Marvin Hall as a potential option № 6.
Q: Who did you choose for the 3rd QB? Perry, who has potential or Luton who has experience?
A: This is difficult. Luton’s experience would obviously be quite profitable, but there is a lot of appeal to Perry’s good side, especially since he has shown improvement over this off-season. I guess Luton will win it, but CJ Beathard’s injury on Monday could change that.
Question What is the most underrated pickup this off-season
A: Arden’s key. I think Ki legitimately has the potential to hit six or more sacks in a rotating role. The Jaguars failed to bring in waves of passes in last season’s rotation, but they have improved the depth to do so this year. Given that Kee can be a serious player as a pass-rusher, even though he has signed a minor deal, the rather underrated pickup makes him.