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A healthy Alualu makes our D-line scary!

Offenses will have their hands full this year trying to block guys like Terrance Knighton, Jeremy Mincey and rising star Andre Branch. A player which many(outsiders) forget about is Tyson Alualu, who could prove his worth this year. Not many know outside of Jacksonville that he hurt his knee in training camp in his rookie season(Supposedly the 1st day during Oklahoma drills). Which makes sense after seeing Alualu's name on the injury report almost every week because of the same knee for the past two years. This off season he finally got surgery on his knee and if he can average 2.5-3.5 sacks a year on one knee, imagine what he can do with two good knees.

After Tyson's first season he made the mistake of thinking the knee just needed to be rested during the off season. That seemed to be a good idea at the time as Alualu had a strong 2011 training camp and preseason. As the season went on Alualu's play was dwindling as his knee started to give him problems again. The pain was so bad, coaches didn't know he was going to play until right before kickoff. He showed me he does have mental toughness, because he still managed to play every game.

In 2010, Alualu was brought into be a pass rushing defensive tackle to pair with Knighton and after watching his college highlights, its easy to see why he was drafted in the 1st round. To see a guy his size that can move like that and always chase down plays on the backside, still blows me away till this day. In 2010, Pot Roast exploded and was the sack Ieader between the two tackles. After a bumpy start to Tyson's career, I predict this is the year he will show he is worth being a top 10 pick and offenses will have a tough decision deciding who to double team.

It will be interesting to see how much Alualu plays tomorrow night against the Ravens. He is my player tomorrow night to watch. Again, If healthy , I believe this will be a d-line to fear for many years to come.

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