2017 offseason: Under the radar, defense – Jacksonville Jaguars News

2017 offseason: Under the radar, defense – Jacksonville Jaguars News

JACKSONVILLE – Faster and faster now, training camp approaches.

As we continue to examine storylines that will shape Jaguars 2017 Training Camp and the ’17 season, we continue our look at the franchise’s under-the-radar players who could do much of that shaping.

We covered three under-the-radar offensive players Friday, but finding potential under-the-radar Jaguars defensive players is trickier. That’s because most of the Jaguars’ key defensive players in 2017 figure to be the unit’s more high-profile players.

And there are indeed a slew of high-profile players on that unit, with linemen Calais Campbell and Malik Jackson, cornerback A.J. Bouye and safeties Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson all arriving in the past two offseasons as unrestricted free agents and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., middle linebacker Myles Jack and cornerback Jalen Ramsey all arriving in the last three offseasons as highly-publicized draft selections.

Still, while the above-mentioned players will be key in 2017 – and while all are worth watching in ’17 training camp – the Jaguars need contributions from slightly lesser-discussed players as well.

Here are three under-the-radar defensive players to watch as ’17 training camp approaches:

*Abry Jones, defensive tackle. It’s close to time to stop calling Jones under the radar. That’s because the 2013 undrafted rookie has developed in four NFL seasons as a key player along the defensive line. But because he play the oft-underappreciated, overlooked position of nose tackle, Jones perhaps still qualifies as at least being somewhat off the radar. Whatever his profile, Jones took…

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