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BBSS: The Jaguar's Need at Pass Rush and 2024 Free Agency


Jacksonville Jaguars: Hard to imagine OLB Josh Allen leaving in 2024

A potential area the Jaguars could improve the team this offseason is in terms of pass rush, so let's take a look at why that is a need and potential moves they could make.

Status Quo

Before we can look towards improvement we have to know where we stand. So I took a look at roughly* the 4 highest pressure earners on each team (4 players*32 teams = 128 top players in PFRef's Pressures stat*) along with the Jaguars 2023 rostered DL and developed a metric based on these pressures divided by the snaps a player played (minus their recorded stats that are most likely made on plays other then when they recorded those pressures; Tackles, Ints, or being Targeted in coverage).

Rk Player Tm Age Pos Int Tgt Prss
Comb Snaps Pressures/(Snap-tackles-INTs-TGTs)
6 Josh Allen* JAX 26 OLB 1 9 46 66 880 0.0572
Yasir Abdullah JAX 23 LB 0 1 2 1 45 0.0465
K'Lavon Chaisson JAX 24 OLB 0 2 10 13 283 0.0373
50 Travon Walker JAX 23 OLB 0 10 30 52 869 0.0372
Adam Gotsis JAX 31 DL 0 2 12 26 426 0.0302
Tyler Lacy JAX 24 DE 0 0 3 12 145 0.0226
116 Roy Robertson-Harris JAX 30 DL 0 2 14 34 683 0.0216
126 Foyesade Oluokun JAX 28 LB 1 82 14 173 1,110 0.0164
DaVon Hamilton 2022 JAX 25 DT 0 2 8 56 610 0.0145
Dawuane Smoot JAX 28 OLB 0 0 4 10 340 0.0121
Folorunso Fatukasi JAX 28 DL 0 0 4 24 415 0.0102
Jeremiah Ledbetter JAX 29 DL 0 3 3 24 369 0.0088
Angelo Blackson JAX 31 DT 0 1 1 13 215 0.0050
DaVon Hamilton 2023 JAX 26 DT 0 1 0 12 190 0.0000

A few takeaways to note, even when healthy we probably shouldn't expect DaVon Hamilton to be in our plans for an improved pass rush; secondly, Travon Walker was 4th on the team in terms of snap adjusted Pass Rush efficiency by this metric and while Yasir Abdullah might be a dark horse candidate as a pass rusher moving forward we also need someone to fill the hole a likely Chaisson departure will leave.

The Well Discussed Travon Walker Problem

So Travon Walker might be the 4th best pass rusher on his own team, but who is to say he wasn't worth the number 1 overall pick?

Rk Player Tm Age Pos Int Tgt Prss
Comb Snaps Pressures/(Snap-tackles-INTs-TGTs)
3 Aidan Hutchinson* DET 23 DL 1 3 62 51 988 0.0665
20 George Karlaftis III KAN 22 DE 0 7 35 47 755 0.0499
21 Nik Bonitto DEN 24 OLB 0 5 24 30 524 0.0491
28 Arnold Ebiketie ATL 24 OLB 0 14 16 25 384 0.0464
47 Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG 23 OLB 0 11 35 50 980 0.0381
50 Travon Walker JAX 23 OLB 0 10 30 52 869 0.0372
54 Jermaine Johnson II NYJ 24 LB 1 5 25 55 748 0.0364
68 Boye Mafe SEA 25 LB 0 8 25 52 808 0.0334

Well, he might have been the 6th best pass rusher from his draft class.

Fire Baalke.

2024 Free Agents

So now let's put this metric to use to see which potential free agents might help the Jaguar's pass rush in the new year.

Rk Player Tm Age Pos Int Tgt Prss
Comb Snaps Pressures/(Snap-tackles-INTs-TGTs)
1 Bryce Huff NYJ 25 DL 0 1 33 29 480 0.0733
3 Aidan Hutchinson* DET 23 DL 1 3 62 51 988 0.0665
6 Josh Allen* JAX 26 OLB 1 9 46 66 880 0.0572
8 Jonathan Greenard HOU 26 DE 0 3 32 52 632 0.0555
10 Chris Jones* KAN 29 DT 0 1 39 30 741 0.0549
14 Za'Darius Smith CLE 31 DE 0 3 29 27 584 0.0523
17 Charles Harris DET 28 DL 0 1 14 13 292 0.0504
20 George Karlaftis III KAN 22 DE 0 7 35 47 755 0.0499
21 Nik Bonitto DEN 24 OLB 0 5 24 30 524 0.0491
23 Josh Uche NWE 25 LB 0 2 15 15 331 0.0478
25 Justin Madubuike* BAL 26 DT 0 3 33 56 757 0.0473
Yasir Abdullah JAX 23 LB 0 1 2 1 45 0.0465
27 Leonard Floyd BUF 31 DE 0 6 25 32 577 0.0464
28 Arnold Ebiketie ATL 24 OLB 0 14 16 25 384 0.0464
30 Danielle Hunter* MIN 29 OLB 0 5 41 83 1,006 0.0447
33 Fletcher Cox PHI 33 DT 0 4 28 33 684 0.0433
37 Quinton Jefferson NYJ 30 DL 0 2 18 34 469 0.0416
43 A.J. Epenesa BUF 25 DE 2 3 14 20 387 0.0387
47 Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG 23 OLB 0 11 35 50 980 0.0381
48 Jadeveon Clowney BAL 30 OLB 0 2 23 43 654 0.0378
K'Lavon Chaisson JAX 24 OLB 0 2 10 13 283 0.0373
50 Travon Walker JAX 23 OLB 0 10 30 52 869 0.0372
51 Dorance Armstrong Jr. DAL 26 DE 0 3 15 38 446 0.0370
52 Calais Campbell ATL 37 DL 0 3 24 56 712 0.0368
54 Jermaine Johnson II NYJ 24 LB 1 5 25 55 748 0.0364
55 Christian Wilkins MIA 28 DT 0 3 30 65 894 0.0363
56 Bud Dupree ATL 30 OLB 0 6 24 39 724 0.0353
58 Chase Young 2TM 24 DE 0 1 25 25 740 0.0350
59 Darrell Taylor SEA 26 LB 0 3 17 28 522 0.0346
67 Denico Autry TEN 33 DL 0 2 24 50 768 0.0335
68 Boye Mafe SEA 25 LB 0 8 25 52 808 0.0334
74 Randy Gregory 2TM 31 DE 0 5 13 20 426 0.0324
76 Justin Jones CHI 27 DL 0 4 22 49 739 0.0321
77 Tyquan Lewis IND 28 DE 0 2 13 25 436 0.0318
80 Andrew Van Ginkel MIA 28 LB 1 25 20 69 726 0.0317
81 Clelin Ferrell SFO 26 DL 0 0 14 28 471 0.0316
85 Michael Danna KAN 26 DE 0 4 21 50 745 0.0304
Adam Gotsis JAX 31 DL 0 2 12 26 426 0.0302
90 Leonard Williams 2TM 29 DL 0 3 23 62 884 0.0281
92 Brian Burns CAR 25 OLB 0 15 21 50 814 0.0280
95 D.J. Wonnum MIN 26 OLB 0 8 21 62 828 0.0277
111 Jihad Ward NYG 29 OLB 0 2 15 24 661 0.0236
Tyler Lacy JAX 24 DE 0 0 3 12 145 0.0226
116 Roy Robertson-Harris JAX 30 DL 0 2 14 34 683 0.0216
117 Michael Hoecht LAR 26 OLB 0 31 16 81 862 0.0213
126 Foyesade Oluokun JAX 28 LB 1 82 14 173 1,110 0.0164
DaVon Hamilton 2022 JAX 25 DT 0 2 8 56 610 0.0145
Dawuane Smoot JAX 28 OLB 0 0 4 10 340 0.0121
Folorunso Fatukasi JAX 28 DL 0 0 4 24 415 0.0102
Jeremiah Ledbetter JAX 29 DL 0 3 3 24 369 0.0088
Angelo Blackson JAX 31 DT 0 1 1 13 215 0.0050
DaVon Hamilton 2023 JAX 26 DT 0 1 0 12 190 0.0000

Obviously keeping Josh Allen is the highest priority when it comes to pass rush this offseason.

Edges who might be worth taking fliers on in FA are Charles Harris, Leonard Floyd, Calais Campbell, A.J. Epenesa, Za'Darius Smith, Dorance Armstrong, and Josh Uche.

IDL who might be worth a look in FA are Fletcher Cox and Quinton Jefferson.

The money we save by cutting Fatukasi alone could likely pay for over half names listed.

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