It was smooth sailing for rookie Myles Jack on Thursday night.
The Jacksonville Jaguars 2016 second-round pick moved over to weakside linebacker for the team’s final preseason game and looked more comfortable than he did at middle linebacker.
Jack finished the Jaguars 17-15 loss to the Atlanta Falcons with five total tackles. His highest tackle output of the preseason. Five tackles doesn’t jump out on the box score but the former UCLA playmaker played with a better nose for the football.
“Great. It’s just fun playing ball again,” the rookie linebacker said, per the Jaguars’ official website. “I missed a lot of football, so it’s just great to be back out there and play again.”
Jacksonville’s original plan was to have Telvin Smith start at the weak side. Those plans could be adjusted soon.
Smith sat out last night’s loss to Atlanta. The team has been disappointed in Smith’s pass coverage ability. The third-year linebacker has gotten lost in coverage numerous times during the preseason.
Another problem for Smith is pass coverage is a strength of Jack’s.
Thursday’s game could be a precursor of what’s to come at the weak-side linebacker position for Jacksonville. That’s bad news for Smith and good news for Jack.