Many analysts thought general manager David Caldwell and the Jacksonville Jaguars overpaid when they signed former Pittsburgh Steeler Ziggy Hood to a 4-year, $16 million contract. Drafted in the first round, the Steelers expected Hood to develop into a long-term fixture at defensive end in their 3-4 defensive scheme. Despite his physical gifts, Hood never really took to his new position and was disappointing for much of his first 5 seasons in the league.
Thankfully, Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley have other plans for Hood. Back in a 4-3 scheme, Hood will return to his natural position of defensive tackle. So far he seems to be embracing his new role:
“He’s really enjoying it… He’s doing good. It’s a different technique for him. We’re seeing great get-up and explosiveness. For him, it’s just reps. I think training camp will be really good for him. He’s understanding our tempo, learning our defense, what’s asked of him, but I think you will see him fine-tune it in camp.”
– Head Coach Gus Bradley on Ziggy Hood
– Daniel Lago