The Jaguars' defense is a playmaking machine that is already squashing last year's totals

The Jaguars' defensive success as a group is paying off for the majority of the unit's individual players.

It seems like every week there is a new career milestone met for a member - or multiple members - of the Jaguars' defense.

At all levels of the defense, players are taking advantage of their teammates' talent. The benefits have been eye-opening.

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The Jaguars have nearly doubled last year's interception total (7) with 13 picks in just 10 games. Jacksonville's defense has also blitzed past last year's sack total (33) with 40 quarterback takedowns.

Every mainstay on the defense is seeing the success spill into their own individual outputs.

Defensive end Calais Campbell secured a new career-high total in sacks by Week 7. After posting 11.5 sacks in 10 games, Campbell is looking like the best defensive free agent addition in the NFL this season. He also has a clear candidacy for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Joining Campbell at the top of the pass rush mountain is second-year defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who has already surpassed the totals from his impressive rookie year.

Ngakoue set a franchise rookie record with eight sacks last season. He now has nine sacks through 10 games, adding an impressive five forced fumbles to his stat sheet.

Fellow defensive linemen Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler are also standing out in the box score this season. Jackson is close to eclipsing his six-sack total from last season, while Fowler has already blown past his four-sack mark from last year with 6.5 quarterback takedowns and two forced fumbles.

The Jaguars' linebackers are also benefiting from the pass rush, as Telvin Smith and Myles Jack are having career years.

Smith has produced three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns, which are both career-high marks. Jack has served as a reliable blitzer, forcing consistent pressure and producing two sacks on the season.

The Jaguars' secondary has also been cleaning up when the pass rushers force pressure.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey has a team-high 13 pass breakups through 10 games. He is two pass breakups shy of creating a new career-high mark.

Fellow cornerback A.J. Bouye leads the Jaguars with four interceptions. That total creates a new career high for the former Houston Texans' defensive back.

Bouye also has 12 pass breakups, which puts him on pace to move past his former career-high mark of 16 passes defended in a season.

The Jaguars defense is a playmaking machine.

If it's not sacks, it's interceptions. If it's not tackles for loss, it's forced fumbles. 

It's a massive transition from the results of the last few seasons. 

The production clearly displays the growth of defensive coordinator Todd Wash as a play-caller and the front office's ability to identify talent.

Wash and his unit are in the midst of a historic season in Jacksonville. The next six games should only add to their already-impressive totals.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.

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