They’re just not saying at what position.
Both coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Todd Wash said Jack has been working at multiple positions this week as they try to figure out a way to get the athletic coverage linebacker on the field.
"I know we feel like he is getting better and we are putting a lot on his plate," Bradley said. "I would say in the last two weeks he has really grown as far as being in shape and handling all the duties we are asking of him. Last week we looked at some options of putting in a package based on what we were seeing from Baltimore. It just didn’t quite work out. They didn’t do it enough for us to do it."
Jack is getting reps at what the Jaguars call their Otto linebacker, which is a strongside linebacker that can rush the passer and drop in coverage. It’s used when the Jaguars are in their base defense, and the team says Jack isn’t a great fit there because they want a player who can help set the edge against the run and that’s not his strength. However, with Dan Skuta bothered by a hip injury, Jack is working there along with fourth-year player Arthur Brown.
The Jaguars are not giving Jack practice reps at strong safety, though. He hasn’t worked at that spot at all since the team drafted him in the second round and it would be foolish to try to teach him the position in a couple weeks.
Wash and Bradley want Jack on the field and they’re moving him around because they don’t want to take middle linebacker Paul Posluszny or weakside linebacker Telvin Smith off the field because they’re playing at a high level. Posluszny leads the team with 28 tackles and also has an interception. Smith has 24 tackles (five for loss) and two pass breakups.
"It’s tough and he’s such a great football player," Wash said. "He understands that those guys in front of him are playing well, but we got to find a way to get him on the grass.
"I don’t think anything’s top secret. I just think there are other positions he can play on our defense besides the Mike and the Will. So we’ll see how this week goes, but we’re trying to have a plan together for him because he’s a good football player."
Jack has played mainly special teams but did get on the field in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ blowout loss to San Diego in Week 2. He made two solo tackles against the Chargers while playing middle linebacker.