2013 Jacksonville Jaguars training camp preview: Defensive end

For previewing the Jaguars defensive end position, it wouldn't make sense to do them all in one big post because they're completely different positions in Gus Bradley's defensive scheme. The "other" defensive end is the power end, or the five-technique, which is typically a bigger player who can set the edge and hold up in the running game.

The Players

Tyson Alualu
Ht 6-3 Wt: 295
Age: 26 Exp: 4
Start of Camp Status: Rotational five-technique defensive end

Tyson Alualu was one of the most surprising Jaguars draft picks in the first round in... probably ever. Alualu suffered a knee injury his first day in practice, which resulted later in micro-fracture surgery and has been underwhelming so far in his career. After Gus Bradley was hired he swapped Alualu from defensive tackle to defensive end, the position he played in college at Cal and should be a much better fit.

Camp Outlook: Alualu enters training camp as the back up strong side end, but I expect him to be the starter by the regular season.

Jeremy Mincey
Ht 6-4 Wt: 265
Age: 29 Exp: 6
Start of Camp Status: Starter, five-technique defensive end

Jeremy Mincey signed a new contract extension last summer after a career year in 2011, netting eight sacks. Mincey didn't follow up his new deal with a repeat of his season and was a big disappointment along with the rest of the defense. Mincey seems to be a square peg in a round hole in the Jaguars new defensive scheme, so it will be interesting to see what happens.

Camp Outlook: Mincey enters camp as a starter, but I think he could find himself behind Alualu when all is said and done with an outside, but unlikely, chance of being moved or released.

Brandon Deaderick
Ht 6-4 Wt: 305
Age: 25 Exp: 4
Start of Camp Status: Backup, three-technique and five-technique

Deaderick was claimed off waivers when he was released by the New England Patriots. Deaderick wasn't likely to make the Patriots final roster as they were overloaded at the position and making a transition to a more traditional 4-3 defense. Deaderick should compete for playing time at the three-technique and the five-technique defensive end position.

Camp Outlook: Deaderick is likely to be in the rotation at both defensive end and defensive tackle.

Pannel Egboh
Ht 6-6 Wt: 277
Age: 27 Exp: 2
Start of Camp Status: Backup, five-technique defensive end

Egboh originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2009 but has singed bounced around to the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, and now the Jacksonville Jaguars after impressing at a tryout.

Camp Outlook: Egboh has a chance to make the Jaguars final roster if he can continue to impress the staff at the strong side end position.

Abry Jones
Ht 6-3 Wt: 308
Age: 21 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Backup, five-technique defensive end

Jones was signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent, but prior to the 2012 college football season was touted as a potential mid-round pick and considered one of the better players on Georgia's talented defensive line. Injuries derailed his season however and he went undrafted.

Camp Outlook: Jones can make the Jaguars final roster if he impresses, but it's more likely he's headed for a potential practice squad role.

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