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Will the Jacksonville Jaguars defense regress in 2018? The Jacksonville Jaguars defense was absolutely , positively, mind-blowingly good last season. It will probably take a while to realize what a gift we had in 2017 , but rest assured — we will be toasting that unit for a while.But how large is the window for the defense? Can they continue to perform at an elite level? They’re bringing back everyone except the nickel cornerback and SAM linebacker and they added a first round draft pick in Taven Bryan and seem to have struck seventh round gold in rookie linebacker Leon Jacobs.This week, we’re taking a look at several aspects of this year’s Jaguars team with the help of Football Outsider’s Andrew Potter who was kind enough to explain how he thinks this year’s defense will compare to last year.What do you think? Will the defense regress or will it — wait for it — actually improve?Let us know in the comments below!3 Jaguars skip Vikings practice with injuries The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel to have joint practices with the Minnesota Vikings without a few players this afternoon. Guard Andrew Norwell , defensive tackle Eli Ankou and defensive end Dawuane Smoot will not take part in the joint practices and presumably will not play in Saturday’s preseason game.The big name here is guard Andrew Norwell, who was signed to a massive free agent contract this past offseason. Norwell was dealing with a calf issue last week and sat out the preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints , but it appears the Jaguars are being extremely cautious with the injury and holding Norwell out further.Smoothas been out for a few days with injury and these are critical practices for the second-year defensive end, who might find himself battling for a roster spot on a loaded defensive line who just added first round pick Taven Bryan. Ankou has been out for a little over a week and his injury is believed to believed the more serious of the three.

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