To help get through the boring NFL offseason, we're going to attempt a series of breaking down the Jacksonville Jaguars 90-man roster. This is obviously subject to change with Dave Caldwell's wont to churn the roster and I'm sure that trend will continue going forward. Nevertheless, we'll start going down the roster sheet in alphabetical order and touch on why a player might improve, or regress and their chances of making the roster.
Next up, linebacker Allen Bradford.
Bradford had an interesting road to get to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Originally drafted as a running back out of Southern California, he failed to stick on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was quickly claimed on waivers by his former college coach, Pete Carroll with the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll moved Bradford to middle linebacker, where he played some in college, and kept him on as a backup to Bobby Wagner. Bradford was released in 2013 in a move to keep a key special teams player and was picked up by the New York Giants. He didn't stick there and was claimed by the Jaguars this offseason.
Why he might improve:
Bradford is still transitioning back to the linebacker position and showed a lot of promise when he was with the Seahawks and current Jaguars linebacker coach Robert Saleh. In joining the Jaguars, Bradford is back with some coaches who are familiar with what he brings to the table and also back into a scheme he's familiar with. It should give him more time to settle back into the linebacker position.
Why he might regress:
While Bradford is a great athlete for his size, he's still kind of that man without a true position. He played all over the place in college and came into the NFL as a running back, but made the switch back to the defensive side of the ball. At 25-years old he's a proverbial "project" player, but his development is likely fast tracked because he's actually played in the system and at the position before. Bradford may not yet be ready to be a primary backup inside and you also have to wonder if he can contribute on special teams, being that was one of the reasons the Seahawks released him.
Chances of making the final roster:
Bradford is a player for me I'll be paying close attention to in training camp and the preseason and who's firmly on the roster bubble. He may not show much until the pads come on, where his physical play and athleticism should show up. He'll need to show that he's comfortable playing the linebacker position again as well as be able to contribute on special teams. With LaRoy Reynolds moving to the OTTO position, Bradford has a chance to takeover as the primary backup to Paul Posluszny and potentially be his replacement down the line.