Jacksonville Jaguars Continue Rebuild, Add Four Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars sat on the sidelines during the early portion of free agency as the big money was flying around, but had a very active Friday afternoon.
The Jaguars signed free agent defensive backs Antwaun Molden and Alan Ball, running back Justin Forsett and defensive tackle Roy Miller. All of the signings will provide depth and competition at positions of need as new general manager Dave Caldwell works to rebuild the roster.
Of all of the signings, Miller has the potential to make a big impact on the Jaguars starting lineup. Miller is a young, run-stuffing defensive tackle who will not show up on the stat sheet, but will allow the linebackers that play behind him to stay clean and make tackles. Miller is a major addition for a run defense that allowed 141 yards per game last season.
Forsett has been in the league for a couple of years, but he has not been very heavily used. He figures to serve as a change of pace back for Maurice Jones-Drew and as the primary kick returner on a team that desperately needs one. Forsett has experience running in a zone blocking scheme which is something new Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch wants to run.
Ball and Molden are two tall cornerbacks who fit new head coach Gus Bradley’s mold in what he is looking for in a defensive back. Ball played with the Houston Texans last season after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. Molden was with the Jaguars late last season and appeared in three games. Both guys will add depth to a position which may be the thinnest depth wise on the Jaguars roster.
The Jaguars are not likely done with free agency as they still have needs along the offensive line, especially at right tackle. Luckily for the Jaguars, offensive tackle may be the deepest position still available on the free agent market.