Jacksonville Jaguars second-round pick Myles Jack is doing in the NFL what he did in college — move around a lot.
During the preseason the Jaguars have been playing the former UCLA star at middle linebacker with the hopes that he’ll be the youthful replacement to veteran Paul Posluszny. Those plans are on hold this week.
Jacksonville plans to play Jack at weakside linebacker in place of Telvin Smith against the Atlanta Falcons. The versatile Jack played all over the field on defense in Westwood and had valuable snaps on offense. He admitted the move to the outside “simplifies” things for him.
“I’d say the toughest part is to transition my mind because I’ve been playing Mike [middle linebacker] this entire time,” Jack said, via ESPN.com. “It’s all I’ve been honed in on, so now I’ve got to adapt and figure out the Will [weakside linebacker] spot. It’s not much of a difference. I’ve just got to open up my mind and see the bigger picture. I’ll just try to really focus on my mental reps and watch film and watch how Telvin does the position and see his issues and how he plays and try to learn from that.”
Jack’s move to weakside linebacker isn’t permanent. The organization believes Jack’s future is a MLB. Although OLB could be his quickest route to start. Smith lacks good pass coverage ability and that is a strength of the rookie’s. Jack’s athleticism could ultimately earn him a starting spot. In the immediate future, Smith should be looking over his shoulder. Posluszny might not be too far behind.