Jaguars: Plug pass rusher Odrick into D-Line
The Jacksonville Jaguars have added another piece to their defensive front by luring Jared Odrick up to North Florida after spending the first five years of his career in Miami. Odrick made a strong start to the 2014 season but fell away late in the season, particularly as a run defender, leading to his departure from Miami as the Dolphins sought a different solution.
Consistently a better pass rusher than run defender, Odrick has experience in a number of different alignments for the Dolphins that will allow him to contribute in different alignments and different packages in Gus Bradley’s defense. His experience at 4-3 defensive end and 3-4 defensive end could see him take some playing time from Red Bryant but his more immediate fit is likely at defensive tackle while Sen’Derrick Marks recuperates from a torn ACL suffered at the tail end of last season.
For the last two seasons Odrick has been one of the league’s better pass rushing defensive tackles finishing inside the Top 10 in 2013 (+11.8; 5 Sk, 13 Ht, 28 Hu) and just outside it last season (+7.3; 1 Sk, 9 Ht, 18 Hu). Adding value with seven batted passes in the last two seasons he will work to contribute in whatever way he can for the Jags in the passing game. The question mark will be how much he can add as a run defender. Only once in his career has he completed a season with a positive run defense grade. That came this season (+1.0) and included a drop-off over the last six weeks that Jacksonville will hope not to see repeated in 2015.