Roy Robertson-Harris debuts in 23rd place

Roy Robertson-Harris debuts in 23rd place

Roy Robertson-Harris debuts in 23rd place

In just over two months, the Jacksonville Jaguars will begin the 2024 season hoping to shake off the nightmare that was 2023.

In the Jaguars’ quest for an AFC South title and a playoff spot, the Jaguars will need the core of their roster to help them overcome the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and the rest of the opponents on their schedule.

But who are those players? Which players will be the ones to decide whether the Jaguars find their way back to the playoffs?

We will try to answer that question in two series. One series will begin in July, while the other will continue through Week 1.

So… who are the top 25 players on the Jaguars roster heading into 2024? We break it down below.

No. 23: Roy Robertson-Harris

Roy Robertson-Harris, a mainstay of the Jaguars’ defensive line over the years, is entering his fourth season as a Jaguar after signing with the team during the 2021 offseason. The Jaguars’ interior defensive line, and the defense in general, has seen plenty of changes since 2021, but Robertson-Harris has remained a constant factor.

During his time with the Jaguars, Robertson-Harris has shown the ability to be an impact player. Robertson-Harris turned in an all-time performance in the 2022 return to playoff win against the Chargers and was instrumental in the Jaguars’ pass rush down the stretch of the season, recording three sacks, seven tackles for loss and eight quarterback hits in the Jaguars’ final five games, including a four-tackles-for-loss game against the Chargers in the Wild Card Round.

Last year, Roberson-Harris was also by far the Jaguars’ best interior pass rusher. Among the six Jaguars defensive tackles with at least 75 pass rush reps last year, Robertson-Harris finished with 22 more pressures than the next closest player, had the highest pass rush win rate and had the highest true pass rush by 16, according to Pro Football Focus.

When analyzing the Jaguars’ defensive line from a league-wide perspective, Robertson-Harris finished 28th in pressures; the next closest Jaguars defensive tackle ranked 64th. The Jaguars’ interior defensive line struggled to impact the quarterback as a unit last year, but Robertson-Harris was the least of the Jaguars’ problems in that regard.

It remains to be seen what kind of role Robertson-Harris will play in 2024 after the addition of Arik Armstead, who can serve in many similar ways. Robertson-Harris may see his snaps reduced slightly, but he should be the favorite to be the team’s second interior defender behind Armstead.

Our list of the top 25 so far…

#25: Logan Cooke

No. 24: Ezra Cleveland

#23: Roy Robertson-Harris