Defensive end Jared Odrick, who has been battling a shoulder injury, and tight end Julius Thomas, who has been struggling with a back injury, have both been placed on injured reserve by the Jaguars. Neither player has had any impact in the last half of the 2016 season, so you'll see more of what you've seen lately -- a lot of Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling at tight end and a healthy helping of Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler.
Both players were brought in by GM Dave Caldwell prior to the 2015 season -- less than two full seasons later both players are considered major misses as both have greatly underperformed. Odrick is in the second year of a 5 year/42.5 million dollar contract, while Thomas is in the second year of his 5 year/46 million dollar contract.
In his nearly two years in Jacksonville Jared Odrick has taken down the QB a total of six times, and has now missed all but 6 games in 2016. Prior to sustaining the shoulder injury that would end his season, Odrick showed his frustration in a sideline rant the likes haven't been seen in Duval in some time.
While Julius Thomas has found the endzone nine times since arriving in Jacksonville in 2015, he has clearly not been the same explosive player that he was for the Denver Broncos. He too has struggled with injuries since joining the Jags.
Both players have been rumored to be unhappy with the current situation in Jacksonville and who could blame them? If the Jaguars decide to part ways with these two once promising free agent aquisitions after the season they would create $13 million in cap space for 2017.
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