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44 days until kickoff: Can Myles Jack make the switch to middle linebacker?

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With just 44 days until kickoff, let’s talk about the newest No. 44 for the Jacksonville Jaguars — and whether he can take the reins at middle linebacker away from Paul Posluszny this season.

“A consensus top-10 talent...”

Myles Jack was the reason for a lot of excitement about the Jaguars' 2016 draft.

Ramsey was the fifth overall pick. We felt lucky he dropped to us and we expected him to do great things. But Jack was a top-10 talent who fell to the top of the second round. He wasn’t expected to be anywhere near us when we traded up to get him.

But the excitement faded when Jack underwhelmed in his rookie season thanks in large part to a coaching staff that didn’t quite know what to do with him.

He shifted to strong side linebacker and then playing some weakside and then back to middle — it was a frustrating rookie season that had Jack not playing nearly as much as he probably should have, especially towards the end of the season.

Entering the 2017 season, the new coaching staff decided to just rip to band-aid off, move Paul Posluszny to strong side linebacker and stick Jack in the middle. Understanding there would be issues during Jack’s transition, it seems that he has come along during offseason practices faster than expected.

Read more about what coaches are saying about Jack here leading up to training camp this week.