The Jacksonville Jaguars pass rush through two preseason games has left a lot to be desired. Outside of Jason Babin, who's been underwhelming so far at the LEO position, no one else has really been effective getting after the quarterback off the edge.
Second-year pass rush Andre Branch was supposed to be a perfect fit at the position, but his apparent inability to bend around the edge and the fact that he's a "one trick pony", as defensive line coach Todd Wash has dubbed him, has left him limited in his on field effectiveness.
Outside of those two, it's a hodge podge of potential and guys who aren't quite ready yet. It's possible Dave Caldwell and the Jaguars go diving through the waiver wire for possible players to bring on through final cuts, and one team to really keep an eye on is the Seattle Seahawks.
I harassed Danny Kelly of Field Gulls and he gave me three names to pay attention to in final cuts at the LEO position. The Seahawks cup runneth over with pass rushers, so it's possible they'll cut some good players with Chris Clemons looking likely back for Week 1 and the promise that O'Brien Schofield has shown since he was claimed.
Benson Mayowa - 6'3, 252 pounds, undrafted rookie
The first name to keep an eye on is Mayowa, who's been the talk of Seahawks training camp from head coach Pete Carroll and has made some positive strides in the preseason as a pass rusher. Through the first two games of the preseason, he's got three sacks, three hurries and a quarterback hit. He's been playing the LEO/SAM linebacker position and it's thought he could be a practice squad type guy if Chris Clemons is ready for Week 1, but it's more likely the Seahawks hang on to him through final cuts, at least initially.
Ty Powell - 6'2, 250 pounds, seventh-round pick, rookie
With Mayowa likely to wind up making the Seahawks roster, another name to keep an eye on is seventh-round pick Ty Powell, who like Mayowa could just get lost in the numbers game at the position for Seattle. Powell put up fantastic numbers at the NFL combine and through two preseason games has one sack and another quarterback hurry. Overall Mayowa has been a better player than Powell, even earning a start against the Broncos despite Powell being a draft pick. It's unlikely he makes the final roster, however.
Mike Morgan - 6'3, 241 pounds, undrafted rookie in 2011
The final player to keep an eye on is outside linebacker Mike Morgan, who's gotten some play as a LEO pass rusher because of the injuries the Seahawks have had at the position. He's played both strong side linebacker/pass rusher and now getting some looks at the LEO end position. With the presence of O'Brien Schofield, Benson Mayowa and the addition of Cliff Avril however, it's unlikely Morgan sticks at the position. He's a player Gus Bradley and Todd Wash will also have some history with.
I don't know for sure that any of these players will actually be cut by the Seahawks, but they will be names to keep an eye on as the Jaguars are combing the waiver wire.
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