So long, Sam.Hello, Otto.Last year, Jaguars fans became familiar with the Leo position, a lighter defensive end whose specialty was rushing the quarterback.This year, coach Gus Bradley has deleted the Sam linebacker from the playbook and replaced it with the Otto, a physical/athletic/versatile player who will be positioned along the line of scrimmage.The goals in creating the Otto: Be more multiple in their looks without radically changing the personnel, help a run defense that was 29th in the NFL last year, provide another option for a pass rush that was tied for last in the league and have a player who is comfortable in coverage.Dekoda Watson was signed on the second day of free agency from Tampa Bay to be the Otto.“It’s something that fits me and my ability,” he said.Jaguars linebackers coach Robert Saleh calls the Otto, “a pretty cool position. We can line him up in a bunch of different places, and it’s a unique position because of the things we’ll ask him to do.”
Watson always reminded some of Julian Peterson back with the 49ers, and I always hoped he’d turn into a guy who could really rush the passer and cover TEs. Early in the season he always seems to be able to do those things, but then faded as the season went on. Hopefully he can put it together for the Jags.
He hasn’t been good enough to keep out on the field for three downs, but good enough for depth. I liken him to Arrington (of the Pats), in that he can indeed be lined up as an athlete and create miscues and such with his “x” position.He should have went to the Pats. Belicheat would have created som havoc with Watson, methinks. He's a schemer.
I like Watson and hopes he succeeds, but wasn’t the knock on him that he did not have good recognition/mental ability even with his great athleticism? That is what limited his play with the Bucs to specialist type situations, right? If so, doesn’t this “specialist” job sounds like a thinking guy’s job as much as an athlete’s job?
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