No. 3 candidate for Jaguars practice squad: Bradlee Anae, DL
Defensive end Bradlee Anae surprisingly (or maybe not) slid to the fifth round of the 2020 draft after a productive collegiate career at Utah. The Hawai native appeared in 39 games for the Utes and logged 29.5 sacks, 131 total tackles, 40 tackles for a loss, and five forced fumbles.
Anae was waived by the Dallas Cowboys (the team that drafted him) last year and was later picked up by the New York Jets this past offseason. He went on to have a productive training camp and scored a touchdown after forcing a fumble against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 of the preseason. However, the Gang Green’s defensive front was stacked and Anae became a victim of the numbers game.
The Jaguars currently have a stout front seven and aren’t in need of significant additions ahead of the regular season. Travon Walker is off to a good start to his NFL career and Josh Allen is poised to bounce back in 2022. Similarly, the Jags are set at inside linebacker and their defensive front seems to be in good shape ahead of their Week 1 matchup against the Commanders.
On the other hand, the Jaguars should have ample room in their practice squad to kick the tires on a few developmental projects. Sure, Anae hasn’t done much of note over the last two seasons but he still has more than enough time to develop into a solid rotational pass-rush piece.