The Jacksonville Jaguars brought in free agent Greg Hardy for a visit this past week, doing their due diligence on the free agent in case anything comes up in the future. The reports were the Jaguars didn't have any plans of offering Hardy a contract, which is good, but the fact that the team brought him in for a visit should be a little bit of a red flag about the team's feeling on the pass rush heading into the season. The players the team has at the edge rusher position collectively had played in a total of 13 games, as Chris Smith is the only one with NFL experience now that Ryan Davis has been moved to linebacker. The Jaguars were aggressive in NFL free agency trying to improve the pass rush, signing Malik Jackson to a massive contract and even offering Olivier Vernon as massive deal to see him choose to sign with the New York Giants instead.
As we digest the unfortunate news of an upcoming four-game suspension for Le’Veon Bell, there are a number of practical issues the team must address if the Steelers running back is unsuccessful in his appeal against the ban. With DeAngelo Williams on the roster, Pittsburgh is well-positioned to replace Bell with a quality player who has starting ability. Although, at 33-years old and hardly a blemish free injury history of his own, the Steelers have very little depth to fall back on should the need arise. Fitzgerald Toussaint offers some promise after his promotion from the practice squad last year, showcasing some of his talents during the Wildcard game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he is unquestionably inexperienced.