Friday, June 28, 2013
More on Babin's new role
By Tim Kavanagh
When the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed veteran pass-rusher Jason Babin off of waivers during the 2012 season, many questioned the move: why would a team languishing near the bottom of the league standings want to sign a veteran and inherit the rest of a $27 million contract? The simple explanation is that the Jags were thinking long-term on this one, and Babin figures to have a pretty big impact in 2013.
Speaking to Jaguars.com, Babin confirmed that he'll be playing the Leo position within Gus Bradley's defense. For the man who generated 30.5 sacks in 2010 and 2011, the duties of this job seem like a good fit.
"It's a position that I can only dream about because you're going to line up on a tackle or you're going to line up on the open side, and you're going to rush the quarterback every down, for the most part," he explained. "I don't think I could ask for anything more than that."
Babin also confirmed that he's close to being back to 100 percent healthy, well in advance of the start of training camp. The strength of the Jaguars this season may be on the defensive side of the ball, and Babin appears to be a big part of that strength.