3 Takeaways from Branden Albert's Press Conference: 'I think this is probably the most special for me . . . being here'
Branden Albert spoke with the Jacksonville media on Friday. He had quite a bit to say about being traded and his new home. Here's three takeaways from his introductory press conference.
1. He is really, really happy to be here - He made it clear that this was special for him and that he feels has has purpose and meaning here. It was clear to him and everyone else that the Jaguars really wanted him to be here. Following reports that Albert was going to be released by the Dolphins, the Jaguars reached out and made a trade for Albert instead of letting him hit the open market.
For them to say hold on, let's make this trade, being at the age I am, and there's other free agent left tackles that are capable, we want to make a trade, we want you.
2. He is motivated and focused - Albert has his mind on football and is ready to compete for himself and for the Jaguars organization. It seems that Miami was never really a fit for him, but Jacksonville feels more like KC to Albert. The good news for Jaguars fans is Albert was at his best while playing for the Chiefs.
This is the place where God sent me, I'm excited about the purpose of being here, being on my third contract, it's a blessing, but I'm worried about the mission, the mission I've got to complete while I'm here.
3. He is not going to be a vocal leader; He will lead by example - Many would expect a 32 year old veteran who has multiple Pro Bowls and and nearly a decade of experience in the NFL to be a vocal leader. But that's not Branden Albert.
That's not me (being a vocal leader), I tried it last year in Miami. I was asked to do that, but it's just not me. I'm in my own zone being the best player I can be. People feel it, people feel the aura and they gravitate and people want to know why did this guy get to where he's at?
This seems like the perfect situation for the Jaguars and Albert. The Jaguars soon to be fourth year QB Blake Bortles has had a revolving door at left tackle since entering the league. Hopefully the addition of Albert with help Bortles to find consistency. But for that to happen Albert will have to stay on the field, something he has struggled to do as of late.
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