While everyone in this town seems to be consumed with Tim Tebow and his presence or lack thereof in the NFL and the Jaguars, Jacksonville did something else than stoke the fires of “Tebow Mania.”
It picked up defensive help on the front line.
The New England Patriots released two starters from last year’s team; Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love.
The Jaguars, who sit in the second overall position on the waiver wire, scooped both players up to add more bodies and size to the defensive line rotation.
If nothing else, this gives new head coach Gus Bradley two more players to decide between when the final 53-man roster is complete.
The choices to sign these players may be a little more than that.
These two players started for Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ defense. While their stats do not show huge sack and tackle numbers, they played on a winning franchise. They both were in the playoffs. They both know about a culture few players have tasted playoff success.
While losing may be a symptom of something wrong with the franchise, winning becomes contagious.
I’m sure Bradley and the coaching staff hopes everyone catches that type of feeling.
Earlier in the month, Bradley brought in former Seahawks defensive back Marcus Trufant to help solidify a young core of defensive backs and play on the inside and outside of the back line.
Admittedly, I am surprised someone like Alan Branch is not here in Jacksonville. But the Jaguars have done a good job of bringing in middle-of-the-road players to fill needs with little risk and high rewards.
The Jaguars can take advantage of that.
Now that the franchise in entrenched in OTAs and the push for the 2013, it must move ahead and think of its “real” future. Amid the talk, advertising and hysteria of a player who is not coming home, this franchise is planning for now and the next few years. Players like Love and Deaderick can help in that process.
Because they fit the profile and fit the team’s needs. Others on the open market do not.