The Jacksonville Jaguars continue signing players in the second wave of free agency, adding Audie Cole, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings.
With 57 career games under his belt, Audie Cole is an experienced addition for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The linebacker is a bit of a special teams stud, only playing in a few defensive snaps the last season. He has 29 special teams tackles per the Florida Times-Union.
The Minnesota Vikings are slowly bleeding linebackers with the retirement of longtime defender Chad Greenway and now the departure of Cole.
The Jags are making special teams a true focus this offseason, already having signed Lerentee McCray who used to play for new special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. DeCamillis is expected to revitalize a unit that was a liability for the Jags all of last season and certainly a concern during the seasons before.
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Hopefully with the addition of Cole, the Jags add another key piece that can also factor in some as linebacker depth. The Jags defense is already pretty well revamped and some of the newer free agent additions must deliver on special teams if they want to contribute much.
Cole does have some minor starting experience (seven games) over his five-season career. If the worst case scenario happens and he is forced up the depth chart, that is some minor consolation.
All in all, it’s a solid depth signing with some special teams strengths. That’s exactly what the Jaguars need at this time.