Stefan Charles comes to the Jacksonville Jaguars by way of the Detroit Lions, adding more talent to the defensive line.
Defensive tackle Stefan Charles spent just one season with the Detroit Lions before popping down to join the Jacksonville Jaguars. The three seasons before were spent with the Buffalo Bills.
The former undrafted free agent has 49 game appearances and two starts during his four-year career. He was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 2013 but ended up playing for the NFL’s Bills.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union expects the Jaguars to allow Charles to compete with defensive tackle backups Sheldon Day and Michael Bennett for playing time behind Abry Jones and Malik Jackson. An already stacked defensive line that could be a “force of nature” in the coming season will be even more prepared with Charles’ addition.
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Described as a “bull in a china shop” by his former defensive coordinator (per O’Halloran), Charles could be the kind of guy that just plays mean and adds an extra ferocious edge to his play. After years of mediocrity on the defense (2016 being a huge improvement), it’s nice to have another guy in there who wants to fight all the time.
Signing Charles helps the Jags keep those defensive linemen on their toes. It’s important to have players with upside who can push others to play their best. Bringing in Charles will, hopefully, do that.