The Jacksonville Jaguars did not do anything to address their needs along the defensive line in the draft, but they continue to scour the market for potentially useful pieces this offseason.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars were awarded former New England Patriots defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick off of waivers. Deaderick, a seventh-round pick in the 2010 draft, saw meaningful playing time for the Patriots the last couple of seasons but has been pushed down the depth chart by some of the Patriots acquisitions this offseason.
The Jaguars have totally reworked their defensive tackle position this offseason after the loss of Terrance Knighton to the Denver Broncos. Besides Deaderick, the Jaguars have signed free agents Roy Miller and Sen’Derrick Marks to go with former first-round pick Tyson Alualu in what is shaping up to be a solid rotation of tackles on the inside. At 25-years old, Deaderick fits the mold of the young guy with some potential upside that new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has been targeting this offseason as he starts rebuilding the mess left by the previous regime.
With the Patriots, Deaderick played tackle in a 4-3 defense and end in 3-4 formations. His versatility will allow him to play different positions along head coach Gus Bradley’s hybrid-front defense.
To make room for Deaderick on the Jaguars 90-man roster, the team released wide receiver Cole McKenzie who they signed as an undrafted free agent following the draft.
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