Bjoern Werner excited to be a defensive end again

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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.

15 responses to “Bjoern Werner excited to be a defensive end again

  1. Why GMs persist in spending high draft picks on players that are clearly not a fit for their team’s schemes, continues to amaze me.

  2. Texans did the same with Clowney. Don’t understand the thinking. He would be a 10+ sack guy, Werner, had he played his natural position out the gate.

  3. bassplucker says:
    May 17, 2016 1:09 PM
    Why GMs persist in spending high draft picks on players that are clearly not a fit for their team’s schemes, continues to amaze me.

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    Because those same GM’s also have a revolving door of coaches because they can’t find the right fit there, either.

  4. .
    Grigson chose a player in the first round who had to switch positions from his college days to the NFL. That, in itself, is moronic . Players still available when Griggy spit the bit : C Travis Frederick , DT Kawann Short, RB Le’veon Bell and LB Jaime Collins. Some of those guys could have helped.
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  5. bassplucker says:
    May 17, 2016 1:09 PM
    Why GMs persist in spending high draft picks on players that are clearly not a fit for their team’s schemes, continues to amaze me.

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    One school of thought says that you draft the best player on your board, regardless of position, need or scheme. Of course, that only works if you have a coaching staff that can recognize and adapt to an individual’s talents.

  6. bassplucker says:
    May 17, 2016 1:09 PM

    Why GMs persist in spending high draft picks on players that are clearly not a fit for their team’s schemes, continues to amaze me.

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    We are talking about Ryan Grigson here so…

  7. A 1st degree case of GM arrogance wrecked him – Werner never had a chance here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his career rise from the dead just like Hughes’ did.

  8. I really hope that he plays lights out and makes the team. The problem is that the Jags are stacked at DE. He is competing with Tyson Alualu, Ryan Davis, Dante Fowler (last years 1st rd pick), Yannick Ngakoue (this years 3rd rd pick), Jared Odrick, Chris Smith, Quanterus Smith, and Jonathan Woodard (another pick this draft) all for DE spots.
    Good luck but maybe he will flash and another team will sign him if he doesn’t make the Jag’s roster.

  9. Not that long ago, only a few NFL teams ran a 3-4 defense. Those teams had so much success, that now about half have switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4. The problem is that most colleges still use a 4-3. This has made the job of GM’s and Scouts for NFL teams that run a 3-4 very difficult in trying to judge which 4-3 DE’s can convert to 3-4 OLB’s and which 4-3 DT’s can handle being a 3-4 DE. I think you’ll see a few NFL teams going back to a 4-3 for this very reason.

  10. This guy will PROVE them all wrong and most likely have a career year in Gus’s system.

  11. It is always a significant risk to take a guy who played down on defense in college and ask him to play standing up in the pros and the same goes for those switching from up in college to down in the pros. Given the risks involved, I’ve always thought that it’s safer to draft defenders who have played in college the way you want them to play in your scheme. As for the argument you take the best player regardless of position scheme or need, does anybody think that Grigson, bad as he’s been, would have taken a quarterback instead of Woerner if the QB had been higher rated on the Colts’ board? I think not.

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