The Jaguars have ended their silence and have added two more signings to the Justin Forsett move today. Ball is the first move to actually add to the secondary and Miller will join a defensive line that not only didn’t get many sacks (20) but failed to stop the run as well.
Alan Ball played for the Houston Texans last year and was drafted in the 7th round of the 2007 draft by the Dallas Cowboys. In 2010 he switched to safety where he struggled, but was serviceable as a 4th corner. He brings versatility and depth to a secondary that desperately needs it. Even though he’s more effective as a 4th corner, he can play safety in a pinch and is a pretty decent special teams player
Roy Miller was drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucs in the 3rd round during the 2009 draft. He doesn’t offer very much regarding pass rush, but is a very solid run stuffer. He’ll clog up the middle and is an upgrade over Terrance Knighton regarding consistency. You know what you get with Roy Miller and that is a force in the middle. This is a sneaky good move that I believe has the potential to pay dividends in the long run.
Of the two, Miller has the most upside being only 26. He has the ability to start along the defensive line today. Alan Ball is purely for depth and special teams.
So far the Jaguars have signed LB Geno Hayes, RB Justin Forsett, and most recently CB/S Alan Ball and DT Roy Miller. These are all good value moves, and while they won’t make headlines they are solid free agent signings that fill holes in the roster.
-David R. Johns