Jacksonville to Focus on Defense When Free Agency Starts

The Jaguars know they need to get some defensive help in free agency according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com. Terry McDonough, director of player personnel said, “I don’t know if you guys are going to ask about why didn’t we take more defensive players, but I told defensive coordinatory Mel Tucker two days ago, I said, ‘Mel, just relax. Trust what we’re doing.’ It would have been a lot easier to sit up here and explain if we had unrestricted free agency before the draft.

It would have made more sense probably to you and everybody else. This was not a strong draft in my opinion in positions that we ‘were looking for.’ I didn’t feel it was a strong cornerback draft even though there was a lot of numbers. I didn’t feel it was a strong linebacker draft, and what Gene Smith and I try to stay away from is we have the needs, needs, needs and it might look good when we get our grades if we take the needed positions, but if that guy’s not good enough and we reach to take a need, you’re going to be needing that same position the next year and the year after because that guy’s not going to be good enough.

General Manager Gene Smith said he expects the Jaguars to be active – and to be so primarily on defense. Smith said two-to-four players could be added during that time.

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