Myles Jack is a bench warmer, but Jaguars say that will change

AP

One of the many disappointments of the first three games of this season in Jacksonville is rookie linebacker Myles Jack.

Jack, a star at UCLA who was selected in the second round of this year’s draft, has barely played: He has been on the field for only 16 plays on defense, all late in the Jaguars’ blowout loss to the Chargers. He has also played on special teams, but he hasn’t contributed the way he was expected to contribute.

Still, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says the team is not disappointed and expects Jack to make an impact this season.

He’s getting better and we’re putting a lot on his plate,” Bradley said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I would say the last two weeks he has really grown. He’s really grown as far as being in shape and handling all the duties that we are asking of him.”

Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said the Jaguars had been working Jack at middle and weakside linebacker but could put him at strongside linebacker just to get him on the field.

“He understands that those guys in front of him are playing well, but we’ve got to find a way to get him on the grass,” Wash said. “I don’t think anything’s top secret. I just think there are other positions he can play on our defense.”

Jack will surely contribute to the Jaguars’ defense at some point, but it has to be disappointing that he hasn’t been able to yet.

36 responses to “Myles Jack is a bench warmer, but Jaguars say that will change

  1. I really thought this guy was an absolute steal in the second round. If you’re playing for a team that’s doing as poorly as the Jags are, and are still only getting on the field for 16 snaps TOTAL on the season…that’s bad. Not “he has to develop more” bad, but rather “we’re losing by 30 but this guy still isn’t good enough to play alongside those guys that sucked so bad we’re down 30”.

  2. lmao

    Why can’t these crappy organizations avoid doing dumb things?

    We’ve heard for years how great Jax is supposed to be and where is it?

    Bradley is like 12-39 as a head coach or some crap.

    Looks like ol’ Rogie is losing. The London Jaguars will not be a reality, especially with Brexit ending up as badly as it has.

    What a disaster.

    LMAO

    Bye Bye Rogie. A jail cell awaits you in NC with Bernie Madoff.

  3. I would blame this on the coaching staff. Unless he is just totally digging it in practice he needs to be on the field. He is not going to improve to an NFL caliber player sitting on the bench. He has to experience NFL level, regular season game speed. He may be a player who is better in an actual game than in practice. The Jags drafted him in the second round because of his game film not practice film.

  4. “Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said the Jaguars had been working Jack at middle and weakside linebacker but could put him at strongside linebacker just to get him on the field.”

    And this is the main problem. Even though he was a versatile defender in college, stop trying to be cute with him at the pro level. Stick him on the weak side so he can roam and use his athleticism to make plays. Then when he proves he can play at a high level there, THEN start moving him around. Stop trying to ask so much of a rookie, obviously it’s stunting his development.

  5. They’d be playing him if he was even halfway ready–that whole coaching staff knows they could axed any day. Translating coach speak it sounds like he may not be getting their defensive schemes but you don’t hear that too often on that side of the ball.

  6. And I was hoping the cowboys would’ve gotten jack instead of smith. The jury is still out on smith, but at least there’s still a chance smith could be a great linebacker.

  7. He’s one of the top 3 players on the Jags defense. Jack was a top five talent, but slipped in the draft due to an injury. It’s much easier to find coaches than it is to find great players.

  8. Transitioning from a 3-4 base at UCLA to a 4-3 base at JAX is not a sure-thing. And he’s allegedly lost weight as well, which at 225 pretty much says he’s highly questionable as a stout MIKE. But I agree, Jax’s method of development with him is odd.

    Then again what isn’t odd about the Jags?

  9. This is why Gus Bradley needs to be relieved of his duties ASAP. You find a way to put your most talented people on the field. He doesn’t. Hard to watch.

  10. This guy should be on the field. They stink anyway so it’s only going to help him get better. But the Jags are the southern branch of the Factory Of Sadness.

  11. Most GMs don’t believe this guy’s knee will hold up to make it more than just a short career. Better use him wisely.

  12. Please, make it stop, Mr. Khan. For the sake of Jacksonville fans and your community, fire Gus Bradley now. It’s year 4, and its only getting worse. The fans deserve better. Your city deserves better.

    –Eagles fan

  13. Jaguars have been the team I root for to rise up in the AFC and I thought last year there was talent to make some noise. This year I truly believed they would take the AFC South and be like Seahawks in 2012, young team making noise going down with a fight.

    Do Jag fans want Gus Bradley gone? There is too much talent on this team not to be winning these close games.

  14. The draft is a total crapshoot, you never know about anyone, until they play. The Packers drafted this Blake Martinez dude in the 4th round and he’s been in the starting lineup since mini-camp, playing fantastic, while calling the signals, as well. They needed a good ILB in the worst way, and he’s a huge reason they have the #1 ranked run defense, thus far. I assume that Myles Jack will figure it out, but in the end, some players have the “it” factor, and some don’t.

  15. “He’s really grown as far as being in shape…”

    The word on local talk radio is that he’s a lot heavier and puffy looking than he was in college. The DC’s quote hints at this as well. Apparently, Jack’s not taking his transition to the pro’s seriously.

    If he was able to perform, he would be on the field. These coaches know that their jobs are on the line and they’re sinking fast.

    As to the comment that they should stick him in at weak side linebacker, that is Telvin Smith’s position. He’s been one of the best players on the field for the Jags on either side of the ball. There’s no way they are taking him off the field for a guy who’s pack on some flab and not picking up the scheme like he should.

  16. “He’s really grown as far as being in shape…”

    The word on local talk radio is that he’s a lot heavier and puffy looking than he was in college. The DC’s quote hints at this as well. Apparently, Jack’s not taking his transition to the pro’s seriously.

    If he was able to perform, he would be on the field. These coaches know that their jobs are on the line and they’re sinking fast.

    As to the comment that they should stick him in at weak side linebacker, that is Telvin Smith’s position. He’s been one of the best players on the field for the Jags on either side of the ball. There’s no way they are taking him off the field for a guy who’s pack on some flab and not picking up the scheme like he should.

  17. .
    Jacksonville fans have been exceedingly patient. However, they have two home losses (vs GB +Balt) that they easily could have won, sandwiched around a blowout loss in San Diego. At some point that patience is going to run out.
    .

  18. “He understands that those guys in front of him are playing well,…”

    Is Gus watching the same team we’re watching? They surrendered 38 points to the Chargers who then lost to the Colts who have a terrible defense.

    Gus probably thinks 0-3 is a good record too.

  19. 2 possibilities here:

    1. Jack is really stupid, slow, and out of shape. Can’t pick up the system and the coaches don’t want to embarrass him

    2. The coaches are really, REALLY stupid in not trying him at weakside (ottttttooooooo puke) to begin with.

    Bet on #2.

    Poz is your middle linebacker. Jack should be on the field.

    Gus should be fired.

  20. After seeing him play in the preseason, this is on the coaches. He looked fine….did not make any embarrassing mistakes. I don’t care who many tackles Poz makes….they are usually 4-10 yards down the field. If the Jags coaches say he’s playing at a “high level” or “Pro Bowl” level as they’ve said before, I seriously question their ability to manage this team. 3+ years have demonstrated their ineptitude.

  21. It’s Jacksonville , Tagliabue’s boo boo who cares – St Louis or Baltimore should have gotten that franchise ; instead we have Rams ping pong , “new Browns” and a prime candidate for the next Goodell Greed Grab by putting a team in London which nobody wants.

  22. It’s no surprise he hasn’t made it to the field yet as a rookie. Jacksonville has one of the best rosters in the league… so I’ve been told over and over again.

  23. Sep 2016: “Myles Jack? We’re very high on Myles Jack. We think he’s got a bright future in this league.”

    Feb 2017: Myles Jack released by Jaguars.

  24. Jaylon Smith was a much better player than Jack before he blew out his knee.
    His injury was a blessing for several players in the draft.

  25. The Jags have played 3 games-give it a little more time before we say bust. I think that the team is trying to find a perfect role for Jack. Baltimore had a similar problem with Kamelei Correa -i.e. not knowing where he could fit so they team threw a lot at him-inside, middle or outside linebacker. Now he is starting to be molded at outside backer. The Jags may need to slow it down and help Jack concentrate on one position-weak side linebacker for instance. He is a talent.

  26. What’s the rush? I thought everyone knew he wasn’t going to have muh impact year 1 bc of his injury? Before the Eagles traded up I thought they were Gonna draft him. I expected him not to play much at the start of the year and I was totally fine with that.

    And that’s when he was suppose to go in the top 8. I don’t get why things have all the sudden sped up after he fell to the second round.

  27. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:

    “Jadaveon Clowney 2.0.”

    ————————————————————-

    Yeah, except Jadaveon Clowney is actually a good player. Try watching some football for a change.

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