LONDON - After three games of serving as special teams fodder, rookie linebacker Myles Jack started for the first time in his first trip to London and helped the Jaguars earn the team's first win of the season.
“I was thinking that [Saturday] night, this is a good story,” Jack said. “Especially to play on foreign land, I think it’s really cool. Hopefully it’s the beginning of something special.”
Jack started at OTTO linebacker on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The move to the strong side came after incumbent starter Dan Skuta suffered a hip injury. The young linebacker had been learning the middle and weakside positions since training camp but was asked to take a crash course on Otto before the trip to London.
"I really found out on Tuesday that I was playing Otto,” Jack said.
The stress of his first international game and first NFL start was mixed with the anxiety of learning a whole new position. The Otto linebacker group meets in a separate room and has a separate coach from the middle and weakside positions.
“I had to study that up,” Jack said. “I feel like its less strenuous, your issues are different than MIKE and WILL, it’s less strenuous on the mental side. You’ve just got to know where you can be attacked. There’s still a lot on my plate, if that makes sense.”
Jack hopes to get more playing time at Otto this season and be a featured player on defense. If he can learn and execute all three linebacker positions, his value to the team - along with his playing time - will go up.
“I still have to learn MIKE and WILL just in case – God forbid,” Jack said. “Telvin [Smith] has got to change his shoelace and [Paul Posluszny] has to change his strap, so I’m still learning those positions."
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