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Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue poised to have breakout season

Yannick Ngakoue's eight sacks last season broke the franchise's rookie record set by defensive end Tony Brackens. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Now that the 2017 season is beginning, it's time to bring back the Jacksonville Jaguars mailbag. Each Saturday morning, I’ll answer a representative question hitting a topic that drew the most interest. Submit your questions via Twitter to @ESPNdirocco. Please use the hashtag #jagsmail.

@ESPNdirocco: I'm going with DE Yannick Ngakoue, for several reasons:

He clearly has the talent to be a very good edge rusher. His eight sacks last season broke the franchise's rookie record set by defensive end Tony Brackens, who is regarded as the best defensive player in Jaguars history. He also has the work ethic -- one thing he repeats in interviews is that he refuses to be satisfied with what he did last year -- and desire to be great. Sometimes that's even more important than having elite talent.

Another reason is the the Jaguars' secondary. Pass rush and coverage go hand-in-hand, though it's usually coverage that benefits from a very good pass rush. In this case, it's the opposite. The addition of CB A.J. Bouye and SS Barry Church to a secondary that already included CB Jalen Ramsey will make a huge difference for the Jaguars' pass rush.

Ramsey and Bouye are elite in one-on-one coverage and that should give the Jaguars' pass rush an extra second to get to the quarterback. That may not seem like a lot of time but it can be the difference between hitting the quarterback a split second after he releases the ball and recording a sack -- or maybe even forcing an earlier throw that is off target enough to result in an interception.

The Jaguars haven't had a player record double-digit sacks since Bobby McCray in 2007. Ngakoue has a chance to break that streak in 2017.