The Jacksonville Jaguars have already been given the mantra of becoming the “Seahawks of the South” due in part to the large number of players the team has signed from Seattle, mainly on defense, re-uniting head coach Gus Bradley with his former players. Cornerback Will “Uncle Bill” Blackmon says it best:
Coach Gus is just getting custody of his children he raised in Seattle lol
— Uncle Bill (@willblackmon) March 13, 2014
But, with general manager David Caldwell coming from the Atlanta Falcons and learning under Thomas Dimitroff, could the Jaguars become the “Falcons of South?”
Well, the two franchises have exchanged pieces quite a bit, Falcons head coach Mike Smith was the defensive coordinator here in Jacksonville before taking the job in Atlanta. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was the offensive coordinator here in Jacksonville under Jack Del Rio. When Del Rio was fired, former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was hired as the Jaguars head coach.
The two clubs have also swapped draft picks and players from time to time, but don’t expect the Jaguars to ‘Falcon-Heavy’ any time soon. However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be an occasional falcon to join the teal team from time to time, like today.
The Jaguars have been awarded former Atlanta Falcons fullback Bradie Ewing off waivers. Ewing was waived by the Falcons last week and was apart of Caldwell’s last draft class with the Falcons.
The second-year player out of Wisconsin and fifth-round selection in the 2012 draft hasn’t played too much in the NFL as he missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. The five-foot-eleven, 243-pound Ewing also dealt with injuries in 2013 as a shoulder injury limited him to just two games.
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