Harvey, the eight overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, was supposed to be the pass rusher that would put the Jaguars over the top as a championship contender. With eight sacks in three years, the hopes of Harvey becoming a stud pass rusher fell flat.
Fortunately for Harvey, he is still only 24 years old, so any team looking for depth on its defensive line could pick him up as a cheap option. Let's just hope that he improves on his martial arts skills.
The departure of Harvey probably pencils in Austen Lane, the second year defensive end from Murray State, as the opening day starter at left defensive end, with Aaron Kampman starting on the opposite side of the line.
To be honest, I thought that we should have given Harvey a chance to prove his worth through the preseason to prove himself, but I guess Harvey must have been seriously lagging behind in practices if the Jags are pulling the trigger this early. Perhaps, Gene Smith might be clearing cap and roster space for some kind of blockbuster trade. Then again, maybe I should hold back on the conspiracy theories for now, but keep in mind that Gene Smith often comes up with a surprise.
Tags: Aaron Kampman, Austen Lane, Derrick Harvey, Gene Smith, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars