Perhaps the biggest issue for the Jacksonville Jaguars defense so far this season has been their lack of a pass rush.
Through the Jaguars’ first five games, they have only managed to sack the opposing quarterback three times. The lack of pressure has allowed opposing quarterbacks to sit back comfortably in the pocket and pick apart the Jags’ secondary with ease.
The biggest issue with the defensive line was the lack of depth the Jaguars had at the defensive end position, but that may no longer be the case as they plan to get back some players from injury who were expected to contribute at defensive end this season.
The Jaguars got end Austen Lane back, and in the last game he contributed the only sack recorded by a defensive end on the Jags this season. This week, the Jaguars expect their other injured defensive end, George Selvie, back in a limited role.
The Jaguars only need Selvie to help spell starting defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who has played almost every defensive snap for the Jags this season. Mincey’s level of play has been down this year, but it may be attributed to the fact that he has not been able to rotate out and has been completely worn down by the end of every game.
The Jaguars are also ready to activate defensive end John Chick from the physically unable to perform list this week. Chick, who injured his knee late last season, was evolving into something of a pass rushing specialist for the Jaguars before he was injured.
With four healthy defensive ends and another on the way, the Jaguars should be able to use a rotation that keeps all of them fresh for the entire game. In theory, this should help the Jaguars defense get more consistent pressure on the opposing quarterbacks.