- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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We weren’t expecting the Jacksonville Jaguars to make a substantial move in free agency.
Of the first four players they've brought in, I love one: Roy Miller. He is a solid, run-stuffing defensive tackle I suggested might have fit nicely in Houston to replace Shaun Cody. The Texans run a 3-4 front, and it doesn’t take much to adapt to Wade Phillips’ scheme.
With the Jaguars he stays in a 4-3 and figures to help on early downs. I think he’s a rising player and a good addition.
Here’s a view from Scouts Inc.:
“Miller is a powerful wide body with good short-area quickness and above-average agility but limited lateral range and very limited pass rush skills. He plays with natural leverage and does a good job of using his hands to defeat and shed blockers. He feels pressure and works his way back through the block to squeeze the play down. He does a good job of holding his ground and tying up blockers to keep the linebackers free to make plays. He shows marginal explosive quickness and burst as he escapes blocks and often ends up just missing the tackle on runs.”
He helps offset the loss of Terrance Knighton, who left as a free agent to sign with the Denver Broncos. Knighton lost his early down job last season to C.J. Mosley. Knighton was listed at 6-foot-3, 330-pounds but was surely bigger than that. Miller was listed by Tampa Bay at 6-foot-2, 310 pounds.
To their first addition, linebacker Geno Hayes, the Jaguars have added two other guys. Both were with the Texans last year.
Alan Ball has one thing Gus Bradley really likes in his cornerbacks: size. He’s 6-foot-2, 191-pounds. Unfortunately that size didn’t factor into his play last year, which was poor for the Texans when they called on him to help out after Johnathan Joseph was injured.
The Jaguars also resigned Antwaun Molden, a corner who has bounced around a lot and was with Jacksonville for the last five games last season.