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Jaguars hope DE Roth will bolster pass rush

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By Arthur Arkush

The Jaguars' recent spending spree on defense helped fill several needs, but it didn't address the club's biggest deficiency — pass rush. Their 26 sacks in 2010 were a slight improvement over the franchise-worst 16 sacks they collected in '09, but not good enough to be considered a legitimate playoff contender. The club is banking on DLE Aaron Kampman, who has been extremely limited in camp, returning to form after suffering his second ACL tear in as many seasons last November. The Jaguars recently signed OLB-DE Matt Roth, formerly of the Browns, to start opposite Kampman. Roth will be expected to provide more juice off the edge than Jeremy Mincey, who led the team in sacks last season (five) after supplanting former Jaguar Derrick Harvey in the starting lineup in Week 10. Word is Jacksonville remains high on Mincey, as well as second-year DLE Austen Lane, but neither player has the experience of Roth.

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