After a showcase against the Atlanta Falcons in the final preseason game, rookie linebacker Myles Jack didn't show up on the stat sheet for the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Green Bay Packers. It was probably the most asked about thing for fans on Twitter and in the stadium post-game; "Where was Myles Jack?"
Jack was always going to be worked into the Jaguars defense as a situational player and in packages, but it was still a big shock that he didn't even register a single defensive snap on Sunday. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley indicated that's because Jack's still learning and not quite where they want him to be just yet.
""I think with Myles, he is learning both positions now with the MIKE and WILL. We really got him at the WILL linebacker spot in the Atlanta game, the last preseason game," Bradley said on Monday. "We are trying to do everything we can to speed this process up to see where he is at. I think the mental side of the game - this was a tough game mentally, going into it. I think where he understands the football 501 part is going to be big. He has made great strides now. We are going to keep pushing that because of his athleticism, but he has to be able to know exactly what his responsibilities are at all times. You saw it yesterday. If you are not on it all the time, these quarterbacks will make you pay."
I understand what Bradley is saying and the team's line of thinking for throwing Jack out into the fire, however it seems to me like they're wasting an asset on the bench by trying to teach him too much this early. We all knew Jack was going to be a situation player while Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith were still here, especially with all of the nickel teams play in the NFL.
Knowing all of that, why are the Jaguars throwing everything at him his rookie year, rather than designing specific packages that they can use him in so you can get some reps for him in the regular season, especially against a team that's going to pass the ball a lot?
I don't know, maybe I'm dumb, but I would think you'd want to create situations in which you can get Myles Jack on the field and improve the speed of your defense. He doesn't need to be in on downs where he might bite on play action or be fooled by some misdirection, but when you have 3rd and 7+ situations, why not get him on the field?
I expect as the season goes we will start to see Myles Jack slowly worked into the defense, but for those of you asking why Myles Jack did't play on Sunday, you have your answer.