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What Is the Most Trusted Position Group? Jaguars Analysts Weigh In

0624 Position Group Article

JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars experts – Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman, Brent Martineau, John Oehser, Brian Sexton, J.P. Shadrick and Kainani Stevens – are breaking down the Jaguars as the 2024 NFL season approaches; today: Their most trusted position group

Frank Frangie, Radio Voice of the Jaguars

  • Most trusted position group: I like a lot of the position groups, but I REALLY like the receiver room. Christian Kirk is so steady, and I think Gabe Davis and rookie Brian Thomas Jr. will add so much. I'm taking the liberty of throwing tight end Evan Engram in that group of pass-catchers and I think the weapons are so good.

Jeff Lageman, Jaguars Analyst and Former Jaguars Defensive End

  • Most trusted position group: The receivers. Kirk and Engram are as dependable as ever, and the additions of free-agent Davis and first-round pick Thomas should make this a tough unit for any defense to defend.

Brent Martineau, Action Sports Jax Sports Director

  • Most trusted position group: The defensive front. I think Josh Allen, Travon Walker and Arik Armstead are really good players. I think guys like DaVon Hamilton and Roy Robertson-Harris will benefit from those other guys and return to form. I think the resumes on the defensive front are good enough to believe in that unit the most right now.
Jacksonville, Fla. — Jaguars mandatory minicamp at the Miller Electric Center on June 11, 2024

John Oehser, Senior Writer

  • Most trusted position group: Edge defender. This is close, with the receiver position – including Engram – also very trustworthy along with punter Logan Cooke. But let's go with edge defender here because of the presence of Allen and Walker. They led the league in sacks as a duo, but what makes them trustworthy is their consistency. They don't need huge sacks numbers to be effective, with both players reliable and strong against the run. This area likely will be helped this season by the arrival of Armstead, with both he and Walker expected to play both inside and outside in various situations.

Brian Sexton, Senior Correspondent

  • Most trusted position group: The defensive line should be a strong point for new defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen this fall. The return of Hamilton and the addition of Armstead give Nielsen a lot of size and length and they should combine with Allen, Walker, Robertson-Harris and second-year defensive tackle Tyler Lacy. There is also the bonus of rookies Maason Smith and Jordan Jefferson, who should offer some upside at some point this season. They're big and strong, which was the directive from General Manager Trent Baalke after last season.

J.P. Shadrick, Reporter/Editor

  • Most trusted position group: Defensive line. This includes Allen and Walker, but also the veteran players along the front: Armstead, Robertson-Harris – just to name a few. The only question that we need answered is how Hamilton comes back with pads on in training camp after his difficult 2023 campaign.

Kainani Stevens, Team Reporter/Producer

  • Most trusted position group: Edge rushers. Allen and Walker earned some respect after their joint performance last year. Free-agent addition Armstead will also practice with this group, and I feel confident in the pass rush heading into training camp.

Finishing strong 💪 Jaguars wrapped up their offseason programing with minicamp this week. Next up: we will see you at training camp!

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