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Jaguars expect to see a lot more of Myles Jack in 2017

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The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft to pick  UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, a played a lot of people thought the team might pick with the No. 5 overall pick. In truth, he was in consideration for the Jaguars pick, but the team had Jalen Ramsey fall in their lap and in the end, ended up with both players. The excitement for getting both players was a lot of the buzz in the offseason, but then when the regular season rolled around the buzz for Jack quickly faded because quite simply, he never played.

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell sat in on Jaguars Today on 1010XL Monday morning and answered some questions about the upcoming offseason and one of the questions undoubtedly circle to Jack's playing time. Caldwell assured fans that they expect to see a lot more of Myles Jack in 2017 and quipped they probably should have seen a lot more of him in 2016.

As mentioned, Jack barely played last season because the team saw good play from both Telvin Smith and Paul Posluszny and the team had Jack as the MIKE linebacker of the future, but were also cross training him at the other two linebacker spots. Late in the season the team began to play Jack some more at strongside linebacker, but even then that position wasn't on the field a lot.

It still remains to be seen how exactly the Jaguars expect to get Jack on the field more, especially if Poz is back for another season and remains the starting MIKE linebacker. Though, there is a scenario where Poz and Jack begin splitting time on those reps and Poz shifts to more of a two-down linebacker or slides to a more traditional SAM linebacker role.