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Healthy, productive D-line essential to Jaguars' success

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By Arthur Arkush

The play of the defensive line, more than any other unit, will determine the success of the 2010 Jaguars. The performances at safety during training camp and the first two preseason games were awful, the way we hear it, but the belief is that more pressure generated by the front four will make the secondary a better unit. Injuries have plagued the D-linemen in camp and throughout the preseason, but they are finally getting healthy. DE Aaron Kampman's surgically repaired knee is getting stronger and he's expected to be ready for Week One, as is rookie first-round DT Tyson Alualu (calf). Second-year DT Terrance Knighton has looked better after showing up at camp overweight. The Jaguars remain very high on rookie fifth-round DEs Larry Hart and Austin Lane. Hart is an undersized pass-rush specialist who could have an impact right away. Lane, who has been slowed by a sore hamstring, has very intriguing upside and could possibly push DE Derrick Harvey, who struggled in camp and in the preseason after a very impressive spring, for playing time.


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