November 21, 2010; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Austen Lane (92) reacts after a play during the first half of their game against the Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Confidence in the Defensive Ends


Yesterday’s move to cut Aaron Kampman wasn’t much of a surprise for a team that was getting very little production from the injured veteran. Rather than wait and see if Kampman would be worth the $5 million the Jaguars would owe him in 2012, they are giving him the opportunity to sign with another team that may take a chance on his services.

But this wasn’t just a salary based move.

Last year, Aaron Kampman was, when healthy, one of the best defensive ends on the roster.  He was worth holding out for.  In 2010, he was the best defensive end on the roster – even after becoming injured again, he still had four sacks in eight games.  What about in 2012?

With the emergence of Jeremy Mincey in 2011, the development of Austen Lane, John Chick, and the selection of Andre Branch?  Well, it looks like the Jaguars are in a position they are finally happy about.

Kampman was an insurance policy.  He was the player the Jaguars hopes rested upon in case the strategy of throwing as many defensive ends at the position as possible didn’t work.  Kampman was only seeing spot duties for fear of another injury.

His removal marks a show of confidence in the position that hasn’t been seen in a long, long time.

To the other defensive ends on the roster, it says that the team believes they will be successful in their rotations.

The Jaguars may have lost a leader by cutting Kampman, but they instilled confidence in the other men at the position.  Confidence that should translate into leadership and success.

- Luke N. Sims

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