Jaguars' defensive tackle Al Woods has informed the team that he will opt out of the 2020 season.
Woods is the first member of the Jaguars to opt-out of the season.
Signed by the Jaguars this offseason, Woods was expected to step into a starting role for the Jaguars at their big defensive tackle spot. Woods signed a one year contract with the team. Per the NFL and NFLPA's agreement, Woods' contract will be pushed to the 2021 season.
"While I was excited to join the Jaguars, I have made the tough decision, given the current status of COVID-19, to opt out for the 2020 season. The health and safety of my family has always been the most important thing in my life. I love the game of football and will be rooting hard for my teammates this season, and I look forward to re-joining the Jaguars in 2021."
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone had this to say about Woods' decision:
"As I mentioned to our media yesterday, we all understand the risk associated with COVID-19, and we will fully support any of our players and coaches that choose to opt out this season. It is important for every individual to feel comfortable and to believe that they’re doing what’s right for themselves and their family. As an organization, we respect Al’s decision and are fully understanding.In his absence, the Jaguars will need to rely more heavily upon veteran DT Abry Jones and rookie DT DaVon Hamilton. Hamilton, who is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, was a third-round pick in April's draft."
In his absence, the Jaguars will need to rely more heavily upon veteran DT Abry Jones and rookie DT DaVon Hamilton. Hamilton, who is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, was a third-round pick in April's draft.
There are several veteran DTs the Jaguars could look to sign, including Marcell Dareus, who spent the last two-plus years with the team.
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