Tyson Alualu, the former first round pick from 2010, has re-signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s getting a two-year deal worth $6 million.
Alualu, who was drafted by the former regime headed by GM Gene Smith, has never lived up to being the 10th overall pick, but has shown steady improvement (even if they are occasionally baby steps). Head coach Gus Bradley has used Alualu has a reserve, rotational defensive lineman, ceding his position at defensive tackle to Roy Miller and Sen’Derrick Marks. Alualu has had limited success at defensive end.
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The signing is intriguing to those of us who follow the Jaguars and don’t think that Alualu really has a place with the team any longer. It isn’t his fault that he didn’t live up to Smith’s drafting him way too high, but he hasn’t shown enough spark in my opinion to warrant significant playing time moving forward. His two sacks during the 2014 season have him tied for seventh on the team with linebackers Geno Hayes, Paul Posluszny, and Telvin Smith. Pro Football Focus has him ranked
among pass rushers taking at least 25% of snaps. That’s seventh from the bottom.
Alualu has had his moments with the Jaguars, though he has never managed to make a major impact. He has just 13 sacks and 131 tackles over his five seasons with the Jags. Where Alualu has begun to improve is in run defense, though he still ranks well below his peers at defensive end in run stop percentage, per PFF.
Overall, this seems to be an insurance signing for the Jaguars as they look to re-stock the pass rushing position in the offseason. I hope Alualu can continue his improvement and I hope that he shows some more life during the coming seasons.