Bjoern Werner is getting a new start with the Jaguars after three disappointing years with the Colts after they made him a first-round choice in the 2013 draft.
That new start includes more than a new uniform and coaching staff. Werner is moving to defensive end in the Jaguars’ 4-3 scheme after playing outside linebacker in the 3-4 base defense the Colts ran while he was in Indianapolis. It’s a move that returns him to the spot he played at Florida State and leaves Werner excited about getting back to a focus on pass rush after a wider range of responsibilities as a linebacker.
“It’s a fresh start,” Werner said, via the Jaguars website. “I’m excited to get back to Florida, and excited to be a defensive end again. That’s the plan and I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to this working. … That’s what I had done my whole career, basically. Now, I can focus on pass rush. That’s what you get judged in the league — production. That was a big part of why I was released with the Colts.”
There are players every year who make the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker or vice versa and it works better for some than for others. Werner said he takes “pride in what I did the last three years,” but it’s clear in the interview that he feels he was miscast as a linebacker and that he’s confident a return to his old stomping grounds will point him back in the right direction.