Jack (ankle) is shifting to middle linebacker in the Jaguars' 4-3 base defense, John Oehser of the team's official website reports. Jack played 97.9 percent of the Jaguars' defensive snaps last season, but his role as the strong-side linebacker in the base defense -- alongside Telvin Smith and Paul Posluszny -- wasn't especially conductive to tackle opportunities. With Posluszny retiring, Jack will slide over to a more favorable position in the middle while Blair Brown likely takes over on the strong side in the base defense. Given that he's also locked in next to Smith in nickel packages, Jack shouldn't have much trouble improving on last year's mark of 5.6 tackles per game. Smith and Jack may soon form the best linebacker duo in the NFL, if they didn't already last season. Jack's ankle injury from the playoffs doesn't seem to be an issue.
Jack suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots, Tad Dickman of the Jaguars' official site reports. According to Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL, Jack was carted to the locker room, signifying that the injury could be serious. He came up with a huge play in the second half of Sunday's contest, stripping Dion Lewis and recovering the fumble. The talented linebacker finished the game with six tackles. Jack will have the entire 2018 offseason to recover before reporting to training camp in July.
Jack posted three tackles (one solo) and one pass breakup Sunday against the Texans. In a game that was out of control early, with the Jags leading 31-0 at halftime, Jack's services weren't fully needed, and he played 51 of 62 possible defensive snaps. The second-year pro has recorded more than five tackles only once in the last five matchups, though, making him a difficult play in championship week.
Jack tallied nine tackles (five solo) in Sunday's dominant 30-9 victory over the Steelers. It was the second consecutive week Jack recorded nine tackles. While he has been active in the tackle department thus far, the 22-year-old has failed to force any turnovers and has just one sack in five games. He played all 79 defensive snaps Sunday, and his heavy workload would imply he is due for some more turnover and sack production sooner rather than later.
Jack recorded nine tackles (eight solo) and scored on a fumble recovery in Sunday's loss to the Jets. The touchdown came early in the fourth quarter to help keep the Jaguars and their struggling offense in the game. Jack was on the field for 69 of the Jaguars' 70 defensive snaps and figures to see a heavy workload as the season progresses. The 22-year-old now has 33 tackles (25 solo), one sack, one fumble recovery and one touchdown on the season.
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