clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

No. 98: Who wore it best? There's no competition

We're taking a look at the all-time best player who wore each of the 99 jerseys available on the Jaguars roster. Up now? No. 98.

Rick Stewart/Getty Images

In two decades, the Jacksonville Jaguars have had some great players come through this franchise.

In the spirit of counting things down (and biding our time) until the regular season starts on September 13th, we're taking a jersey-by-jersey look at who wore each of the 99 numbers available best for the Jaguars. Up today is No. 98.

Who wore it best: John Henderson (2002-2009)

If yesterday's decision for No. 99 wasn't hard, today's is as easy as it gets. There's little doubt Big John Henderson wore the No. 98 jersey best for the Jaguars over the years. He, like Marcus Stroud, played in an era where there were a lot of very good defensive tackles, so he wasn't considered as dominant league-wise as he should have been. But Henderson was incredibly athletic for his size (6'7", 345 pounds). He averaged 3.5 sacks, 4.5 passes defended, and only missed four games of his eight-year career. He had the athleticism to run down and pressure opposing quarterbacks (averaged 30 pressures per season in his first three seasons) and the strength to plug up the offensive line and contribute to the best run defense in Jaguars history.

Who wears it now: Chris Smith (2014-Present)

Selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Chris Smith has flashed, but hasn't developed into the kind of pass rushing threat the Jaguars had hoped for. He's been cut, assigned to the practice, called up to the active roster for the last few games of the 2014 season, and showed out in the very limited opportunities he's been given, but he's not a fixture on the defensive line.