The Jaguars claimed a second defensive lineman from the New England Patriots just two days after claiming Brandon Deaderick, as the team was awarded defensive tackle Kyle Love off waivers on Thursday.
Love, 26, played three seasons with the Patriots after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and made 25 starts for the team in the past two seasons. At 6'1, 301 pounds, Love was a solid player for the Patriots that consistently improved during his time in the NFL.
His release from the team supposedly had very little to do with his abilities or his improvement, as the Patriots reportedly told Love that if he did not retire from the sport that they would release him after it was revealed that he was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. Love was released with a non-football injury designation.
On Wednesday, Love's agent, Richard Kopelman, spoke to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston about the release:
"We have been informed by the New England Patriots that Kyle Love will be released NFI (Non-Football Injury/Illness)," Kopelman told ESPNBoston.com. "This comes on the heels of Kyle having been diagnosed within the past two weeks with Type-2 diabetes. Naturally, we are disappointed that the Patriots decided to part ways with Kyle, especially in light of the fact that a number of elite professional athletes with diabetes - both Type-1, which is known to be far more difficult to manage than Type-2 diabetes - have had very successful careers in professional football, hockey, baseball and basketball.
The Jaguars defensive line now features several young players competing for spots on the roster, despite the team electing to pass on additions to the line in the 2013 NFL Draft. Love took to Twitter to express his excitement about his new team:
DUUUVVVAAAALLLLLL— Kyle Love (@KyleLove74) May 16, 2013