Well, it sure didn’t take long for former New England Patriots defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick to find work, as Deaderick was claimed off of waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars promptly after receiving his walking papers from the Patriots. Some were surprised by the timing of the release, but I’m not. Deaderick received significant playing time down the stretch last season, but he was mostly part of the problem at DT rather than part of the solution due to his inability to effectively rush the passer. Overall, Deaderick was a subpar player for the Patriots, as Armond Armstead and Tommy Kelly were both clear upgrades over Deaderick.
That’s not to say that Deaderick doesn’t have value, though, and the Patriots knew that. They released him at this point during the season as a courtesy to Deaderick, so that he could sign with another team before training camp and find a niche with that team. The Jacksonville Jaguars are that team, and I like the move they made to sign Deaderick.
Although I have been very critical of Deaderick in this space, I think his ability to stop the run, his cheap contract, and his young age (25), make him a quality piece for the Jaguars. He will surely capture a gig in the team’s defensive tackle rotation, and a change of scenery could do this young DT well. He will help plug the interior for the Jags and will make just $630,000.
A roster spot for Deaderick isn’t guaranteed on the Jaguars, but I would be surprised if he didn’t make the Jags roster. His body in run defense is better used in Jacksonville, and it never seemed like there was a place for him in New England after the offseason signings of Armstead and Kelly. However, the heavy snaps he received towards the end of the 2012 season show that Deaderick has a spot in a rotation, and it’s good to see him get that opportunity with the Jaguars; he seems like a great guy.
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