As the lockout finally ended on July 25th, fans were salivating all over the league as the free agency period began to start. Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith, wasted no spare time by coming to terms with coming to terms with Bills Middle Linebacker Paul Posluszny, and then subsequently followed with coming to terms with Colts OLB Clint Sessions, Packers interior offensive lineman Jason Spitz, Texans punter Matt Turk, Jets nickelback Drew Coleman, and Ravens safety Dawan Landry. This article will mostly focus on the defense. How will these new additions affect the defense and what challenges will they face? Find out after the picture.
The front seven of the Jaguars defense has been fortified with the addition of Paul Posluszny and Clint Session, but there is one big question that we will have to answer: How quickly will they grasp the system? With this shortened offseason, they might be less effective. Posluszny might have an easier time transitioning to this offense because he is known as a smart linebacker (Going to Penn State/Linebacker U sure doesn't hurt either). Clint Sessions is a bit of a wild card, who can probably get by with his athleticism, but he might end up getting abused by QBs like Drew Brees (Whom the Jaguars will face in Week Four of the Regular season) who will notice his weaknesses in technique earlier in the season and take advantage of him.
With the addition of former Ravens safety, Dawan Landry, the previously woeful safety position is much less of an issue. Playing at free safety is pretty much the same wherever you go, but with the lockout-shortened offseason, he could be a bit rusty. He could also overcompensate because of the safety that he will play alongside. After five years of playing next to one of the best safeties in the league in Ed Reed, Landry might end up trying to do too much and let big plays go over his head. Then again, maybe I'm thinking too much…
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