Jacksonville Jaguars: Can free agent LB help this team succeed in 2020?
Cassius Marsh hopes the 2020 season is one where he and the Jacksonville Jaguars surprise the local and national media as well as the fan base.
One of the more interesting moves the Jacksonville Jaguars made this offseason was signing outside linebacker Cassius Marsh in free agency.
Normally, a move like this would be considered minor, but Marsh has a history with the Jaguars indirectly and as you listened to him talk about the opportunity to play in Jacksonville, the offseason chess move seems more like a perfect fit for both the player and the team moving forward.
Marsh’s dad, Curtis Marsh was one of the Jacksonville Jaguars original draft picks, taken in the seventh round, the 219th selection overall. While his career here in town was short – only two seasons – it was enough for fans to remember him as a return specialist.
The younger Marsh hopes to make a greater impact on the team, helping the defense take shape as a younger unit that is built on speed and power up the middle.
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"“I think it is a great opportunity and it is a great defense,” Marsh said via Jaguars.com last week. “Whatever knowledge that I have that I feel like can help guys, I am always open to sharing it and helping whoever needs help. I am looking forward to getting out there and getting to know my teammates better.“There’s a lot that I feel like I can bring to the team. I look forward to showcasing that to the guys on the team first and foremost, my teammates and my coaches and then the fans when I get a chance.”"
The Jaguars front office did not use free agency to sign big-contract players, rather found players who fit what defensive coordinator Todd Wash is trying to change in a system that hasn’t been effective the past two seasons. Marsh’s speed and size will allow him to play with a hand on the ground or standing up in pass-rush situations. Whatever the position, he will be part of a rotation that is significantly different from last season.
"As John Oehser wrote, “Marsh has registered 14 sacks in six seasons with the Seahawks, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and this past season the Arizona Cardinals.”"
The team also added former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Aaron Lynch after the NFL Draft and used their second pick in the first round to select LSU outside linebacker/defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson. The Jacksonville Jaguars have become a much faster team off the edge and on the outside on defense.