Jaguars sign DT Sen'Derrick Marks to replace C.J. Mosley
Into the 2012 offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars parted ways with key contributors on their interior defensive line. Terrance Knighton signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent last month, while veteran defensive tackle C.J. Mosley was released only a day ago by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although Terrance Knighton started for three straight years up to the 2011 season, C.J. Mosley won the starting job in training camp and started 13 games last season.
Their departure leaves former first-round pick Tyson Alualu and recently signed free agent Roy Miller as the only defensive tackles on the current roster with starting experience. Tyson Alualu has been the Jacksonville Jaguars’ other starting defensive tackle, first opposite Terrance Knighton and then C.J. Mosley on the front four line, over the past three seasons. Sen'Derrick Marks will join the while in starting competition with both Tyson Alualu and Roy Miller.
The Jacksonville Jaguars had previously also expressed interest in free agent defensive tackle Alan Branch. But after Alan he joined the Buffalo Bills earlier on Tuesday, signing Sen'Derrick Marks started to become a priority for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jacksonville Jaguars finished amongst the worst teams in the league in terms of total defense for the 2012 season.
Sen'Derrick Marks is coming off a season where he started 14 games for the Tennessee Titans, while recording career-best with 63 tackles, along with 1 1/2 sacks and one forced fumble. Over the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, who picked him out of Auburn in the second-round of the 2009 NFL draft, Sen'Derrick Marks has seemingly been a better pass rusher than a run stopper. But Jacksonville Jaguars’ new head coach Gus Bradley expects Sen'Derrick Marks to improve against the run as well.
“After sitting down and talking to the coaching staff, it went so much deeper than football,” Sen’Derrick Marks said of his impression of Gus Bradley, defensive coordinator Bob Babich and defensive line coach Todd Wash following his visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars. “They want every player to succeed and I just had a great time with them and I really like the way they’re trying to move.”
Sen'Derrick Marks has started 26 of 51 games, while compiling 180 tackles, three sacks, 23 quarterback pressures and 12 tackles for loss during his entire career.