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Jacksonville Jaguars Free Agent Analysis: Detroit Lions Defensive End Cliff Avril

February 15th, 2012 at 4:04 PM
By Michael Hall

This series will continue with the analysis of Cliff Avril,who is a defensive end for the Detroit Lions. Fortunately for the Jaguars, they have two good young options at defensive end in the free agency market. Both he and Mario Williams are relatively young players that can disrupt the backfield.

+ High Motor Player 

Cliff Avril, just like his red-eyed teammate Kyle Vanden Bosch, is relentless in his pursuit of the ball carrier. Sure they don't come equipped with the all of the fancy spin moves, but they mkae up for it by doing everything they can to get around their man and get to the ball carrier.  How relentless is he? Along with his 11 sacks in 2011, he forced 6 fumbles. It seems that Joe Cullen has taught him well.

+ He Has Jacksonville Connections

Jacksonville could probably get more consideration since he was born and raised here in Jacksonville. The fact that one fo his former coaches is also employed as a Jaguar coach is probably a bonus. will that translate to type of hometown discount? Nobody knows for sure, but it is certainly worth considering as March rolls around.

- How Much Does He Benefit from Ndamukong Suh?

I'm kinda reaching right now, but it is a legitmate question. Most offensive linemen are usually wondering about how to defend against Suh and perhaps Vanden Bosch, which would result in Avril getting a lot of pressures and sacks because of the quarterback running right into him. so, how much has he piggybacked off of the successes of his more famous teammates. 

Tags: Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Joe Cullen, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Mario Williams, Ndamukong Suh, NFL

One Response to “Jacksonville Jaguars Free Agent Analysis: Detroit Lions Defensive End Cliff Avril”

  1.  romu says:

    He had a monster day against MIN when Suh wasn’t there – I’d say their OL is middle of the pack though.

    I guess a review of those games (W13 & W14) would help discerning how big a factor Suh is.

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