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Walter Thurmond among three visiting Jaguars

Walter Thurmond AP

The Jaguars aren’t bringing in the biggest names in the early hours of free agency, but they’re stacking up solid moves, which should help them fortify an improving base of young talent.

In addition to yesterday’s signings of guard Zane Beadles and running back Toby Gerhart, the Jaguars are hosting three guys who could help fill holes in their defense.

According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jags are bringing in Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, Lions defensive end Willie Young and Buccaneers linebacker Dekoda Watson for visits.

Thurmond’s visit ties in with the previous acquisition of Red Bryant, as coach Gus Bradley tries to collect guys he knows from his days as the Seahawks defensive coordinator.

Young had 3.0 sacks for the Lions last year in 15 starts, replacing Cliff Avril. While his numbers aren’t off the charts, the Jaguars need all the pass-rush they can get.

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11 Responses to “Walter Thurmond among three visiting Jaguars”
  1. jcjaguar says: Mar 12, 2014 8:31 AM

    I think this is the way to go for a young, building from scratch team…draft well and don’t go crazy in free agency. Get young guys with potential that have been backups and look ready to take the next step.

  2. kayakattack says: Mar 12, 2014 8:37 AM

    Zane Beadles is a huge upgrade for them.. and they win Free Agency just because they got more than a ham sandwich for Blaine Gabbert. I mean I’m surprised the Jags didn’t have to give away draft picks to trade him.

  3. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 12, 2014 8:39 AM

    Thurmond is too good to let go.

  4. redsoxchamp11 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:52 AM

    I want Thurmond in TB opposite Verner.

  5. tahnoonzee says: Mar 12, 2014 8:56 AM

    getting rid of that garbage-Gabbert was a win in itself.

  6. ketch20too says: Mar 12, 2014 9:10 AM

    Thurmond is a decent DB who finally was injury free and had a goo dseason when called on this year, but seemed like any successful pass play Broncs had in SB, it was Thurmond in coverage.

    Jags looking like they will be improving by leaps and bounds. Building it the right way. Young guys, draft picks and dump dead weight/under performers

  7. footballfather says: Mar 12, 2014 9:11 AM

    If there’s a team that is willing to give Willie Young a starting DE spot and allow him to just pin his ears back and rush the passer, then that team will get a steal if they sign him. He didn’t have a lot of sacks, but he had a TON of QB pressures. He can get to the QB, there’s no doubt about it.

  8. hscorpio says: Mar 12, 2014 9:25 AM

    The first question Jax should be asking him is whether he’ll be taking the same “nutritional supplements” he took in Seattle.

  9. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 12, 2014 9:38 AM

    Thurmond would be a huge salary in FA, wouldn’t he? We’ve got a very young secondary, so I guess we can spend, there.

    I just think with a QB coming we need to keep the defense young!

    Beadles got PAID!! I don’t know much about him and I hope he’s worth it because the line started shaping up on the right side towards the end of the season.

  10. timmmah10 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:07 AM

    footballfather says:
    Mar 12, 2014 9:11 AM
    If there’s a team that is willing to give Willie Young a starting DE spot and allow him to just pin his ears back and rush the passer, then that team will get a steal if they sign him. He didn’t have a lot of sacks, but he had a TON of QB pressures. He can get to the QB, there’s no doubt about it.
    ————

    There’s a problem though, he is worthless against the run. Therefore he’s a pass rush specialist only, and will only be on the field during obvious passing downs.

    Sorry, he’s not a starter.

  11. fissilemissile says: Mar 12, 2014 2:14 PM

    Thurmond wasn’t busted for PED’s, you’d know this if you read the smaller words below the bigger words on the page. He was busted for Substance Abuse which is most likely weed… to which we have a lot of up here. Could’ve been coke, meth, or opiates but the league stipulated that it wasn’t performance enhancing. He’s a good player. The Jag’s seem to be getting better with each move.

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