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For Yannick Ngakue, it was a successful but bumpy road to Las Vegas, but upon arrival it feels like home for years to come. At least he hopes.
This past offseason, Ngakue made a fresh start for the third time in a year, signing a two-year, $ 26 million deal with the Free Agency Raiders, reuniting with defense coordinator Gus Bradley, with whom he played as a rookie. Jacksonville Jaguars.
2016’s third round pick career was in limbo last season as he split his time between Minnesota and Baltimore, posting 12 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles across five games (four starts) with the Vikings before committing 11 tackles, three sacks, etc. two forced fumbles and one defensive pass in nine games (three starts) after the exchange for the Ravens.
If all goes according to plan, he will last considerably longer with what marks his fourth team since joining the NFL.
He needed somewhere he could settle down, devote his profession without a wandering gaze, and envision himself having the best years of his career – his new teammates voted for him as captain for the 2021 season, portraying a step in the right direction.
“It means a lot,” he told reporters. “This is what I always wanted to be in my first four years in the NFL, and it was not my time for me, but now is my time, and I take this role very seriously and just want to set an example.”
Ngakue looked like a pick interception in 2016 when he logged 23 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and two defensive passes after being selected 69th overall from Maryland.
In his sophomore year, he went on to 30 tackles, 12 sacks, six forced traps and two fumble recoveries, including one return for touchdown, as a key figure in the 2017 Jaguars all-star defense, which finished second overall on the way to a championship match. AFC. including the likes of Kale Campbell, Malik Jackson, Dante Fowler, Miles Jack and Jalen Ramsey.
Over the next two seasons, he averaged 69 tackles, 17.5 sacks, four forced balls, seven defensive passes and one interception before his career hit the aforementioned unevenness.