Jacksonville Jaguars Wise To Pursue Linebacker Desmond Bishop

By Joey Farbo
Desmond Bishop NFL: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
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Linebacker is one of the weakest position groups on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster heading into training camp next month, so it makes a ton of sense that they are being linked to recently released linebacker Desmond Bishop.

Bishop was released by the Green Bay Packers on Monday after missing the 2012 season with a torn hamstring and getting pushed down the depth chart. However, at only 28-years old Bishop fits the mold of the type of players the Jaguars have been making an effort to sign this offseason as new general manager David Caldwell works to rebuild the roster.

In fact Bishop is not that far removed from being one of the best players on the Packers defense, playing inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense as a player who excelled in both rushing the passer and stopping the run. If the Jaguars were to land Bishop, he would immediately be penciled in as a starter at one of the outside linebacker positions.

Currently the Jaguars two outside linebacker positions are up in the air heading into training camp. It appears right now that Russell Allen will be one starter alongside Paul Posluszny with free agent signing Geno Hayes and second-year player Julian Stanford competing for the third starting job.

Unfortunately, the Jaguars are not the only team interested in the Bishop’s services. Bishop has already announced that his first free agent visit will be with the Minnesota Vikings this week and there are also rumors that the Kansas City Chiefs are also interested in the young linebacker.

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