The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their final game of the 2016 season in spectacular fashion. After leading for much of the game, the Jags defense seemed to go into prevent mode, and allowed the Colts to march down the field and score the game winning touchdown. There was one nice positive from Sunday’s game, though: Malik Jackson set a new career high for sacks in a season, with 6.5 on the year.
Jackson recorded two sacks against the Colts, adding to his previous 4.5 on the season. Jackson’s previous career high was 6 sacks back in 2013, when he was a member of the Denver Broncos. There was some discussion as to whether Jackson had tied or surpassed his previous mark, as it was unclear if the stats keepers would split his second sack with Yannick Ngakoue. As it stands right now though, Jackson was awarded two full sacks for the game, giving him the new career high of 6.5.
The Jaguars and Jackson have wrongly been ridiculed for the free agent contract they agreed to in the offseason. For whatever reason, many people have labeled Jackson as a free agent bust, despite the fact that he has constantly provided pressure from the interior. Hopefully that mislabeling will come to an end now that Jackson has set a new career mark. There was talk from some NFL analysts that Jackson was only ‘good’ in Denver because he benefitted from playing alongside Von Miller, Demarcus Ware, and Derek Wolfe. Jackson has now shown that he is no fluke, and he is well worth the contract that the Jaguars handed him. After all, free agents are always overpaid; that’s just how that works. They are only busts if they don’t produce, which Jackson is obviously doing.