As the dust settles from a rather explosive draft and subsequent first-round injury fallout, I think it’s finally appropriate to unearth a portion of the debris and dig into one of the more significant offseason acquisitions.
Jared Odrick comes to Jacksonville after playing in the last 64 games for the Miami Dolphins. Odrick became a full time starter in 2014, shifting around the interior D-line for the majority of his snaps. Basic two-gap responsibilities seemed to be the biggest restraint to fall on top of Odrick, barring him from many pure pass rush obligations. It was predominantly this reason, along with a few others, that Odrick didn’t carry impressive sack totals with him to Duval. However, it’s not Jared's QB hit count that hoists his contract.
With each new addition through the draft and free agency swelling the impressive depth within the Jags’ D-line, the entire situation might seem to be growing more indistinct. I actually think that adding a guy like Odrick makes the overall DL scenario a lot sharper. A while back, Alfie wrote about the positional expectations for Odrick. Red Bryant held the role of 5-tech run stuffer last season for the Jags, and Odrick will most likely look to settle into a 5T position and plug the hole absent from Bryant’s release this offseason. Odrick, however, should be able to bring a few things to the position that Big Red wasn’t athletically capable of last season.
Jaguars DL coach Todd Walsh thinks Odrick will flourish in the Jags' "big end" spot. Odrick shares a lot of the same "run stuffer" praise that Red Bryant enjoyed last season. In addition to being a stout run defender, Odrick has the flexibility and agility to pass rush – something he didn’t receive many opportunities to do in Miami. Still, on tape, Odrick’s stalwart instincts continue to impress me the most. This season, the Jags’ rotational scheme should allow Odrick more opportunities to get after the passer, as well as employ these rugged instincts against the run.
The first play that I have dug up brings these instincts to light. This isn't meant to be a example that places Odrick above any other player on the wow-scale, as there isn't anything more to this sequence than patience and discipline. Instead, I'm leading off with this instance to demonstrate that sometimes patience and discipline are the most essential qualities to employ when stuffing the run.
Odrick, circled in red above, is lined up as a 3-tech. His responsibility isn't necessarily to oversee two gaps here, although he plays his inside position well enough to do so.