The Jaguars have claimed yet another ex-Patriot off waivers today by being awarded DT Kyle Love. Love’s recent diagnosis of Type-2 Diabetes has been all in the media as of late, but it is something that has not scared David Caldwell. Playing in 41 games, 25 of them starts since being un-drafted in 2010 out of Mississippi State, Love has been a solid player for the Patriots.
Love is a big bodied DT, weighing in at 315 pounds and 6’1″ tall, and joins fellow ex-Pat Brandon Deaderick to what is becoming a crowded Jaguars defensive line. After last season’s less than stellar defensive play, especially on the defensive line, any addition is a good addition. Deaderick and Love (which I must say is a pretty badass DL combo) are two players that fit the mold of Caldwell that are young and have great upside. Both of these players have playoff experience, including a Superbowl appearance, experience that this young defense can use.
As it stands now, the Jaguars have nine defensive ends on the roster: Jason Babin, Andre Branch, Ryan Davis, Brandon Deaderick, Pannel Egboh, J.D. Griggs, Paul Hazel, Austen Lane, Jeremy Mincey and now Tyson Alualu. In addition, there are seven defensive tackles on the roster: T.J. Barnes, Abry Jones, Sen’Derrick, Roy Miller, Jeris Pendleton, D’Anthony Smith and now Kyle Love. Now, half of these players are camp bodies, but there is some huge potential here. However, I think the signing of both Love and Deaderick spells the end of D’Anthony Smith’s less than impressive performance on the field (which has been a total of 8 games since 2010!).
Staying true to his word, Gus Bradley has certainly brought in competition on the DL.
– Kyle Messina