It’s no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the worst defenses in this past season. Head coach Gus Bradley already said he won’t waste any time to begin upgrade the roster on the weaker side of the ball. It seems like those words were true as the franchise already made their first move signing Red Bryant to a four-year deal.
A former member of the Seattle Seahawks – who released him on Feb. 28 this year – and a player who’s known for being a leader both on and off the field, Bryant will be a great addition for a team that desperately needs help. It doesn’t hurt that Bryant was coached by Bradley in the past, but his arrival definitively will improve a defensive unit that had all kinds of trouble stopping the run last season.
The former defensive tackle moved to DE in 2010 and his primary responsibility in Seattle was to stop the run. His role doesn’t appear to be a different one for the Jaguars, and he will also add plenty of attributes to a roster that’s quite young. He’s as durable as it gets – missing only one game in the past three years – and he can also be a veteran leader straight away thanks to his experience and previous role in a Super Bowl-winning team.
The Jaguars are poised to make big strides this season – as they played .500 football in the second part of last year’s campaign – but the roster needed several upgrades to be more competitive. Adding Bryant is definitively a step in the right direction and he has all the tools to become an instant leader and a key player for the Jags’ defensive unit.