Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Posluszny makes Jags a more dynamic D
By Paul Kuharsky
In linebacker Paul Posluszny, the Jacksonville Jaguars are adding a veteran who fits general manager Gene Smith’s lunch-pail mold. A former linebacker named Jack Del Rio is sure to love Posluszny, too.
He will bring a strong dose of leadership and production that will give the linebacking group a presence akin to Aaron Kampman’s on the defensive line. And playing with Daryl Smith, a linebacker who's often underrated, Posluszny may help get him the attention he deserves.
He was the weak inside linebacker in Buffalo’s 3-4 last season, leading the team with 151 tackles. If he’s going to man the middle for the Jaguars, then they won’t be resigning their own free agent, Kirk Morrison.
Scouts Inc. rated Posluszny as the top available linebacker.
After missing most of his rookie season with a major arm injury, Posluszny has played at a high level for the past three years. He has good size and strength with just above-average athleticism for the position. He is not a great athlete for the spot but is rarely out of position because of his first-step quickness and smarts. Posluszny is effective to take on blocks and uses his hands well to shed. He has improved in coverage and looks fluid in his zone drops. He isn't great in pure man schemes but does understand route progression in the passing game. He is an instinctive player who understands [angles], run fits and how to leverage the football. He is a solid tackler, delivering power and punch on contact. Posluszny is a high-energy defender who wins with toughness, technique, intelligence and quickness, and should continue being a very productive linebacker for Buffalo in the coming years.
The Jaguars just got better on defense. This was an aggressive move, and the Jaguars locked up a guy who will turn 27 during the season for six years.
What’s next? Perhaps an outside linebacker and certainly a safety. The Jaguars are hardly finished.