Jacksonville Jaguars rush through, sign Arden Key to one-year contract

Defensive Arden Key, having the best season of his career, signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The team announced the signing on Wednesday but did not disclose financial terms.

The Jaguars’ biggest problem defensively is their lack of quality rush passes, and the addition of Key is a solid first step in this process. Key had the best year of his career in 2021 with the San Francisco 49ers (6.5 drops) while playing only 35% of defensive saves. However, he was only 9.5 times covered in 54 career games and only 3 times eliminated in his first 37 games. Key fails to offer the Jaguars an upgrade from K’Lavon Chaisson, the 20th overall pick in 2020, who has only covered twice in 31 career games, at the other outside full-back opposite. Josh Allen.

The Jaguars sacked opposing midfielders 32 times last season – only eight teams had less. The opposing midfielders completed 64.9% of their passes, the most in the league and Jaguar blocked just seven. Allen led the Jaguars with 7.5 bags and Dawuane Smoot with six last season.

Jaguar has the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, and Michigan passer Aidan Hutchinson is one of the players they are considering.

After three disappointing seasons with the Raiders, Key finally disbanded last season, his first with the San Francisco 49ers.

Signed as a free agent after the Raiders released him, Key flourished under Niners defensive line coach Kris Kocurek in 2021.

San Francisco moved Key across the defence, and he found success in plunging the passer-in from inside. Key’s 6.5 sacks are second on the team just behind Nick Bosa, who has 15.5.

Key, 25, added 22 tackles, 5 tackles when he lost the ball and 17 hits from quarterbacks. He was originally Raid’s third pick in 2018.

ESPN’s Michael DiRocco and Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/33630026/jacksonville-jaguars-bolster-defensive-line-sign-arden-key-1-year-deal Jacksonville Jaguars rush through, sign Arden Key to one-year contract

Luke Plunkett

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