We in Jacksonville love nicknames, Maurice Jones-Drew has like 20 of them, we call the Everbank Field, "The Vault", and there's a certain mystique behind calling a large man "Pot Roast". However, there is one term that we've heard constantly since last year, "Rushmen". A term coined Defensive Line coach Joe Cullen, to drive home the point that his unit needs to get to the opposing quarterback While the pass rush improved from 14 in 2009 to 26 in 2010, there is obviously room for improvement. So, with all of this out of the way, let's get to it.
The First X-Factor of the Rushmen is Tyson Alualu, a.k.a. The Flyin' Hawaiian. That's right, everyone on this list will have a nickname! Tyson Alualu was the 10th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. So far, he has proved to be a very solid player with a high motor that, combined with Terrance Knighton, can wreak havoc in the offensive backfield.. He'll need to take another step up in order for the Jaguars to have a big year..He was already commanding respect from offensive lines early in throughout his rookie year by being constantly double teamed. If he manages to make the type of jump that Knighton made last year, Peyton Manning is going to have some late nights.
The second X-Factor of the Rushmen is Terrance Knighton, a.k.a. Pot Roast.. Pot Roast has been a force in the middle as a run-stuffer and pass rusher, reminiscent of John Henderson. Some people around the league have put him in in their "Pro Bowl snubs" list. If he can keep his weight down, he should make everyone around him better
The third X-Factor of the Rushmen is Jeremy Mincey a.k.a. Mr. Mince. I'm not kidding; they do call him Mr. Mince. Mincey led the team in sacks with 5. Obviously, we can improve on that., but he is a high motor player who stepped up after Kampman went down in November. Many have likened him to the recently-retired Jaguar great, Paul Spicer, and with the type of rush that the Jags have had in the past couple of years, that would be a significant improvement..
The 4th X-Factor is Aaron Kampman a.k.a. AK-74. Nobody will deny the impact that Kampman made throughout last year, but that won’t be enough, but his 4 sacks won't be enough. A significant storyline for this year is how he will perform after having two ACL injuries in consecutive years on both knees. Injuries on any part of the leg are notorious for healing slowly due to the fact that you use your legs every single day, whether you want to or not. Having Kampman back circa 2007, would be huge for the Jaguars this year.
Free Agent X-Factor: Charles Johnson soon-to-be a.k.a. The Big Cat
Charles Johnson is Free Agent Defensive End that has been under the radar in free agency talks. He was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise dismal Carolina Panthers team, racking up 11.5 sacks in 2010. However, the best part of this is that he is only 25 years old..There can't be much of a better deal than that.
Tags: Aaron Kampman, Charles Johnson, Jaguars, Jeremy Mincey, John Henderson, Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu