Countdown to Training Camp '18: Yannick Ngakoue

Jaguars 3rd-year DE still manages to fly under radar

By Brian Jackson - Digital sports reporter
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In his first two seasons Yannick Ngakoue has produced 20-career sacks. Despite that production the Jaguars defensive end isn’t a house hold name. The former third-round pick came in at No. 88 in the NFL’s Top 100 list.

Position: Defensive End

2017 Stats: 30 tackles, 12 sacks and 6 forced fumbles (led NFL)

2018 Projection: Last season Ngakoue made his first Pro Bowl (as an alternate). The fact Ngakoue wasn’t an original selection to the Pro Bowl is one of the reason’s he plays with such a big chip on his shoulder. 

On a stacked defense with Calais Campbell, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and Telvin Smith it’s hard at times for Ngakoue to stand out. In fact NFL.com recently released an All-Under 25 Team and Ngakoue wasn’t even on the list. 

According to Pro Football Focus his 56 quarterback pressures were tied for the most of any 4-3 defender in the league in in 2017. Ngakoue took a big step from his rookie to sophomore seasons and if he raises his game even more in 2018 it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him register 15 sacks. 

Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash on how to keep Yannick Ngakoue motivated:

“I think it is the mental makeup of Yannick first of all. He feels he is not getting the credit he deserves, and he deserves a lot of credit for what he has made himself to be in this league. A lot of people said he couldn’t do what he is doing, and he is doing it. With him, I think it is just to strive to be the best player possible. That is his mental makeup.”

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