Jaguars Add Depth With Free Agent Acquisitions
By Andrew Kates
The Jaguars decided free agency would be used as an ancillary tool to fill some gaps, but shouldn't be the primary means of finding talent. The draft is where the big moves will come for the new look Jags, and while it is fast approaching, for now let’s takes a look at the Jaguars 2013 free agent signings.
Alan Ball - CB
· College: Illinois
· Seventh-round pick in 2007 by the Dallas Cowboys. Played for division rival Houston in 2012.
· At 6-2 and almost 200 pounds, Ball is tall enough to match up against the bigger and faster wide receivers in the league and can add depth to a secondary that was depleted this off-season.
· Only three career interceptions, so he still needs to prove he can make a play on the ball.
· Can help stop the run as the ninth man in the box.
Geno Hayes - LB
· College: Florida State
· Sixth-round selection by Tampa Bay in the 2008 NFL Draft. After four seasons with the Bucs, Hayes spent the 2012 season on the Chicago Bears roster.
· Seven career sacks, four interceptions and an average of about 50 tackles per season.
· Hayes adds depth to a front seven that took a step back last season with injuries to key starters at LB.
Roy Miller - DT
· College: Texas
· Another former Buccaneer, Miller was selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
· The 310-pound defensive lineman brings strength to a front four that needs beefed up and is short on talent.
· Missing only two games during his career, Miller brings consistent play and veteran experience to a fairly young defense.
Sen'Derrick Marks - DT
· College: Auburn
· Second-round pick by the Titans in 2009
· The former standout for the Tigers failed to turn potential into production with Tennessee.
· Marks brings speed and quickness to stop the run game.
· 99 career tackles to go along with three forced fumbles
Analysis: With the additions of Marks and Miller the defensive line should be much stronger, taking some of the pressure off Tyson Alualu, as well as freeing up Jeremy Mincey to get to the quarterback. The front four still lack much needed height to thwart any real passing attacks from opposing offenses, but the additions will definitely sure up the Jags run defense.
Justin Forsett - RB
· College: California
· Compiled over 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground in four seasons at Cal.
· Drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. After a brief stop with the Colts and two stops with the Seahawks, Forsett landed with the Texans last season.
· In 78 games he has averaged 4.9 yards per carry and has eight touchdowns.
· With franchise RB Maurice Jones-Drew coming off of injuries and having lost a step, Forsett will be expected to take some of the pressure off MJD, especially with the departures of FB Greg Jones and RB Rashad Jennings.
Mohamed Massoquoi - WR
· College: Georgia
· Massoquoi was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
· In four seasons, he has averaged less than 30 receptions and 440 yards receiving per season. He has seven touchdowns in those four years with the Browns, but hasn’t had a breakout season yet.
· Massoquoi will have to fight to make an impact with the Jags emerging receiving corps, headed by Cecil Shorts and second-year man Justin Blackmon.
Analysis: Along with these new additions in free agency, the Jaguars did re-sign unrestricted free agents Brad Meester and Antwaun Molden, as well as restricted free agent Jordan Shipley.