Provided an opening after practice Thursday to display his self-deprecating humor, Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash delivered when ask how difficult the transition will be for new nose tackle Marcell Dareus.

“I’ve coached D-Line [since 2008]; if it was hard, they wouldn’t let me coach it,” Wash said.

Funny guy. But to hear everybody tell it, indoctrinating Dareus – acquired from Buffalo for a sixth-round pick on Oct. 27 – has been seamless. He is expected to make his Jaguars debut Sunday against Cincinnati, joining a defense that is first in scoring but last stopping the run.

The Dareus trade was fascinating for two reasons.

The Jaguars knew their defensive line was a strength and they added to that strength instead of addressing other positions.

The Jaguars have many key off-season financial decisions and they added Dareus’ contract, which has a $10.175 million salary cap charge in 2018.

Did they absolutely, positively need Dareus to make a run at the AFC South title? Probably not. But he could make the Jaguars the division favorites if he is engaged.