Late Monday evening news broke that the Jaguars would make two roster moves that should help bolster their defensive front seven.
The team is set to sign defensive tackle Al Woods and defensive end/linebacker Cassius Marsh.
Woods, who is 32, was initially drafted by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of LSU. The six-foot-four, 330-pound defensive lineman, also played in Pittsburgh, Tampa, Seattle, Tennessee, and Indianapolis. During his most recent stint, with the Seahawks, Woods was excellent against the run in the middle of the Seattle defense. In 450 snaps in 2019, he racked up 32 tackles, three tackles for loss, and even chipped in 11 QB pressures. His deal with the Jaguars is reportedly (Tom Pelissero) one year and is worth $2.75 million, with $1 million guaranteed. In Jacksonville, he'll likely compete for reps at nose tackle. Currently, his main competition would be Abry Jones, but the Jaguars could (should) look to bolster the position further in the draft.
Cassius Marsh has played for the Patriots, 49ers, Seahawks, and Cardinals after being drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old UCLA product spent 2019 in Arizona, where he logged 429 snaps. Despite tallying just 2.5 sacks off the edge, Marsh had an impressive success rate when it came to creating pressure. He generated 21 pressures and has been able to contribute consistently in that department for the last four seasons. Marsh will rush the passer in explicit passing situations but could potentially also contribute as an outside linebacker in base. Marsh signed a one-year deal with $600,000 guaranteed (Tom Pelissero).
Neither move is going to move the needle much. But the Jaguars needed depth across their defensive front seven, and that's precisely what they've gotten. With the added competition for reps, the Jaguars should get the best out of whoever is on the field. Still, the defensive interior and edge should be priority positions for the Jaguars in the draft.
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