The Jacksonville Jaguars move to sign Joe Schobert received mixed reviews this offseason.
Ask the fans on social media and they will tell you this was the best way to replace retired favorite son, Paul Posluszny in the middle of the team’s defense. If you ask someone like Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com, he will tell you the move makes no sense to pay a middle linebacker $53.75M over five years with a $12M signing bonus if the roster is being rebuilt.
There will always be two sides to picking up players in the NFL. Taking the good with the bad comes with the territory. The good news for the Jaguars and their fans is Schobert fills a major need and is one of the players John Buhler of FanSided.com believes will excel with his new football team.
Trying to replace Posluszny, who was arguably the most respected player in the Jaguars’ locker room in 2017, Joe Schobert has some pretty big shoes to fill.
It’s possible Schobert could have more of an impact on his teammates than himself this coming season. Myles Jack will move back outside where defensive coordinator Todd Wash will take full advantage of his speed. He will also act as a mentor of sorts to rookie K’Lavon Chaisson, who figures to get reps at outside linebacker in a 3-4 package and be used as an edge rusher in a standard 4-3 scheme.