Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Marks Bounces Back; Veteran Lineman Still Trying to Adjust to Backup Role

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Marks Bounces Back; Veteran Lineman Still Trying to Adjust to Backup Role

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks has put a rough week last month behind him.

The eighth-year veteran voiced his displeasure with his playing time following a 24-21 loss to Houston on Nov. 13. He played 23 of 63 snaps in relief of starter Malik Jackson and told the Times-Union he considered it being "slapped in the face."

Marks then had a foolish offsides penalty the following week that gave Detroit a first down on a fourth-down situation with 2:34 to play. The Lions burned the clock to 22 seconds after kicking a field goal and won 26-19.

Marks' season was falling apart.

He's started to build it back. Marks recorded three tackles (two for loss) with a sack in Sunday's 20-10 loss to Denver, playing 28 of 55 snaps.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he's pleased by how Marks has responded since the adversity.

"Especially when you look at what happened a couple weeks ago," Bradley said. "For a guy to bounce back after being challenged and having a play that I know he felt terrible about. To come back like that and make two big plays, critical stops and get the sack. It's great to see that he bounced back from that."

Marks is third on the team in sacks with three, behind rookie defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (six) and Jackson (4 1/2).

The 29-year-old Marks still voices his frustration with his backup role, but has tried to adjust.

"I guess my role on this team is to come in when someone needs relief," Marks said. "I have to play at the same level or play higher. I know what I am as a defensive player, but that's my role. I may be pissed about it, but I try to make the best of it and be the player I know I am."

Marks lost his starting job to Jackson when Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell prioritized him as the primary free-agent target in March. Caldwell signed Jackson away from Denver with a six-year contract worth $85.5 million with $42 million guaranteed. That made Jackson the team's highest-paid player. …

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