The Jacksonville Jaguars seemed to filled a lot of their needs with veteran players through free agency, however there are a few spots that could still use some tweaks and additions to their depth. One of those positions is linebacker, specifically the strongside linebacker (SAM) role. With the retirement of Paul Posluszny, it pushes Myles Jack back to the middle linebacker spot, so there’s a bit of a hole there.
Thankfully the need at SAM linebacker isn’t huge, because the way the Jaguars play it doesn’t see the field a ton of snaps and mostly during just run downs. However, it’s still a hole that the team will need to address with either a veteran or an early draft pick.
The problem right now with adding a veteran is that the pool is pretty thin and the players you’d likely want to sign are either way over 30, or wouldn’t be cheap. Right now, for that position, the Jaguars shouldn’t be looking to dish out a lot of cash.
When the team goes looking for one in the draft, they’ll have to be careful to over commit as well. Do you target a SAM specific type of player, or do you target one you think you can train to play two of the three linebacker spots? Or do you want to do something like you did with Poz and find an inside thumper and kick Jack outside on run downs?
The Jaguars do have someone like Blair Brown in house that could possibly make the transition, but even so they’ll need to add some depth to the position because overall outside of SAM, it’s pretty top heavy.