Jacksonville's defensive line will look almost completely different from last year's unit. The shakeup was a much-needed one after the line was responsible for the fewest sacks (20) and allowing the third-most rushing yards per game (141).
The team focused on adding talent to the interior of the defensive line through most of the offseason. It signed Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks during free agency, who are expected to be the team's starting defensive tackles.
Miller is a big body at defensive tackle who will use his size (6'2", 310 lbs) to clog the interior of the line. He won't show up much on the stat sheet, but he won't have to be too effective. By holding the point of attack, he will allow other players to run free and make the tackles.
Marks is one of those players Miller will free up. Marks is a penetrating defensive tackle who will be asked to make plays in the opponent's backfield.
The Jaguars weren't finished acquiring defensive linemen as they claimed a pair of former Patriots last week off waivers.
The first was Brandon Deaderick, who was active for 14 games last year and played about 40 percent of New England's defensive snaps, according to Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country. He also brings discipline as he's never been penalized, per Jaguars senior vice president of football technology and Analytics Tony Khan.
The second player signed was Kyle Love, who was cut by the Patriots after being told he has Type-2 diabetes, Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The Patriots gave him one of two decisions to make: Either retire for a year or be cut, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Love obviously chose the latter, which allowed the Jaguars to claim him off waivers.
Love started 24 games for the Patriots over the last two seasons, including 11 last year. He brings experience and, if he gets back to 100 percent, will be a good rotational run stuffer.
The Jaguars have a lot of new faces on the defensive line, and all of them should help improve the defense.