On the Jaguars' two new D-linemen

May, 17, 2013
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I asked Mike Rodak of ESPNBoston.com for an assessment of two defensive linemen the Jaguars recently claimed off waivers from New England: Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick.

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Here are Rodak's insights:

"Both Love and Deaderick joined the Patriots in 2010, Deaderick as a seventh-round pick and Love as an undrafted free agent. With injuries creating opportunities for playing time, both players began to emerge as rookies within the Patriots' 3-4 system, Love as a nose tackle and Deaderick at defensive end.

"When the Patriots transitioned to a 4-3 system in 2011, Love eventually pushed Albert Haynesworth out of a starting job at tackle, while Deaderick spent the first half of the season on the PUP list. Both players started in Super Bowl XLVI, with Deaderick filling in at defensive end for Andre Carter following a season-ending injury.

Last season, the Patriots tweaked their defense again, moving Rob Ninkovich from linebacker to defensive end and shifting Deaderick back inside to tackle. Love began the season as a starter alongside Vince Wilfork, but saw his playing time cut after suffering a mid-season knee injury, opening the door for Deaderick to get more reps.

"While Love's release has been tied to his recent diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, the circumstances surrounding Deaderick's termination remain unclear. As a rookie, he was briefly suspended prior to his first playoff game for reportedly missing a team meeting, but there were no known issues in his final two seasons in New England.

"With the Jaguars' defensive line in flux under first-year head coach Gus Bradley, both players project to have opportunities for playing time in Jacksonville. Given his versatility, Deaderick could compete with Tyson Alualu at defensive end (Red Bryant's position carried over from Bradley's defense in Seattle), or with offseason acquisitions Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks on the inside. With his size (6-foot-1, 315 pounds), Love figures to have a role on first and second down as an interior run-stopper."

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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