Jags Five Most Indispensable
Before we begin with our fifth-most indispensable Jaguar, we must explain that this isn't a list of the team's five best players as much as it is a list of the players they can least afford to lose for an extended period of time.
#5. Daryl Smith- The Jaguars linebacker has been the best player on the team's defense over the last two seasons. Smith is the definition of solid, as he is seemingly always in the correct position, a team leader and makes those around him better.
So why is he #5? Smith would be higher on the list if it wasn't for linebacker Kirk Morrison who will now command the "Mike" position, and Russell Allen, who many feel is a starting caliber player who will likely be on the bench.
#4. Terrance Knighton- The mammoth defensive tackle is only in his second season but he will be counted upon desperately by the team as Knighton is their only real starting caliber run-plugger.
So why is he #4? Knighton will be counted upon greatly to stuff up the middle this season as there is no more John Henderson on the roster. The Jaguars drafted mostly pass-rushing defensive tackles to team up with Knighton, and his true backup will likely be Atiyyah Ellison who isn't an impact player.
#3. Rashean Mathis- The Jaguars are going to have to come to grips with playing without Rashean Mathis sooner rather than later, but as of now Mathis is still a member of the team and their best corner.
So why is he #3? Without Rashean, the team would likely be forced to start Tyron Brackenridge who played well in spots last season, but is still a major question mark as a starter. Scott Starks would be the other likely option at corner and he's yet to prove that he can play and/or stay healthy for a full season.
#2. Maurice Jones-Drew- Everyone was probably expecting the Jaguars best player to be the most indispensable, but not necessarily. MJD is one of the top two or three running backs in the league, and is the Jaguars best playmaker since Fred Taylor was in his prime, and he accounted for a great deal of the Jaguars offensive success since he arrived as a rookie in 2006.
So why is he #2? The reason Maurice is number two on this list instead of number one is because the Jaguars have a very nice stable of running backs behind him. Rashad Jennings has looked very impressive during his second camp, and there's talent in Deji Karim and Montell Owens.
#1. Mike Sims-Walker- We understand that Sims-Walker is not the best player on the team but he is the most indispensable. Mike Sims-Walker is the Jaguars number one wideout, and the gap behind him closer resembles a canyon. Sims-Walker is currently the only player in the receiving corps that defenses must respect. A starting wide receiver lineup of Mike Thomas, Troy Williamson and Kassim Osgood would make it very difficult on the Jaguars running game and their offense would struggle to score points.
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