Dec 23, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (93) during the second half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Alualu Excited To Play Defensive End

2010 first round selection Tyson Alualu is making a bit of a position change for the 2013 season.  A defensive tackle for the first three seasons of his NFL career, the Jaguars are looking to move Alualu to defensive end.  How many snaps will he take at the position per game?  That remains to be determined, but AP’s Mark Long has noted that Alualu is excited for the transition.

Alualu will likely be sliding over to play the 5-tech, which is a role that some thought he may fit when he was coming out for the draft.  Alualu has always been considered a little undersized for the middle of the defensive line, so the transition may be the best attempt from the coaching staff to get more production out of him.  He was expected to be a perfect complement to the much bigger Terrance Knighton in the middle of the line, using his aggressive movement and hands to get into the pocket.  That hasn’t worked and Alualu may find more success at defensive end.

Alualu’s short career has been underwhelming thus far, but he led a frustratingly-poor defense in sacks last season with 3.5  I hope he can successfully transition his game to a position that may better suit him.  It would be great to get better edge play, especially since the defensive ends last season couldn’t rush the passer, stop the run, or contain quarterbacks.

– Luke N. Sims

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