It's an area that he and new general manager David Caldwell put near the top of their priority list. Changes have been made. C.J. Mosley and Terrance Knighton, who alternated starting at one of the tackle spots last year are both gone. The other starter at tackle, Tyson Alualu, is still with the club, but he's now seeing time at the defensive end spot.
There's anything but a shortage of defensive tackles for Bradley to work with however. No less than 17 tackles are part of the team's 90-man roster, including the newest member, Kyle Love, who was recently released by the New England Patriots and quickly claimed by the Jaguars.
At 6-1, 315 pounds, Love certainly takes up his share of space in the middle. But if he's to contribute to the Jaguars defense, he'll need to beat out at least half of those other 16 defensive tackles on the roster.
Bradley likes what he saw on tape about the former Mississippi State standout.
"I saw him play on tape and he showed some really good tape, and then to have him come in here and the competition. We met with our trainers and our medical staff and they reviewed him and felt good about the situation.
"We felt we could give him the care that he needs."
The "care" that Bradley references deals with Type 2 diabetes that Love was diagnosed with about a month ago. Some have suggested that was the reason Love was let go by the Patriots, that they didn't want to deal with the uncertainty of the illness. Love was quick to point out that there are no health concerns or issues with him.
"Oh yeah, definitely," he responded when asked if he was 100 percent following his first workout with the Jaguars this week. "I feel great. There's nothing wrong with me. I'm out here today and I feel great. I want to continue to do that and get better every day and take it one day at a time.
"I'm not worried about where I ended, I'm just happy where I am. I could be somewhere worse so I'm really proud to be here and happy to be part of this organization. I thank them for bringing me in."
Learning that he had the form of diabetes didn't come as a complete shock to Love. There's a family history but it was still tough news to accept.
"It was a sad moment. I kind of got down on myself a little bit but it's genetic," he said. "My family, my mom and my dad both have it so I was bound to get it. I'm just trying to take it one day at a time and just get better."
That will require some personal changes for the 300-plus pound run-stopper. He made some adjustments to his diet once he learned of the diagnosis, and says he now feels "10 times better."
Love, 26, brushed aside questions relating to whether he considered retiring from football once he learned of the diabetes. The shock of hearing the news followed by his release by the Patriots left him with some emotional wounds to heal. They were soothed somewhat when the Jaguars came calling, offering him another opportunity.
"I've never wanted to think about that (retirement)," he said. "I'm the type of guy that if something gets me down, I want to be a warrior. I want to be able to fight anything that ever happens to me and anything in life. That's just my mentality. With my dad being a colonel, he put that in me. He instilled that in me so I want to keep on pushing."
Jacksonville hopes that intensity carries over to his play on the field. In New England his role was to excel at standing up offensive linemen and shedding blockers to get to the runner or quarterback. He was credited with 65 tackles in 41 games during his four-year stint with the Patriots.
He's done it in previous years, but there were still some surprised looks at Jaguars OTAs this week when it was learned that running back Maurice Jones-Drew would spend the next two weeks training in Miami while his teammates finish the last seven of their 10 practice sessions at the Jaguars facility.
Jones-Drew has trained in Miami before, including part of last season when he skipped all of the team's OTAs while in a contract dispute with the club. The eighth-year running back is not holding out this season in what is the last year of the five-year, $31 million contract he signed in 2009.
There is no contract squabbling this offseason. In fact Jones-Drew was at the Jaguars' first three OTA practices last week, learning the new system that coach Gus Bradley is installing. He is not practicing with the team however, as he's still recovering from season-ending surgery (last December) for a Lisfranc injury.
"I think in his mind he just has a plan how he would like to see it come together and I wanted him here to go through all the install with us offensively," Bradley said. "I said we need you here and he did that. And then he said, 'OK, now that we've got all the installs done, let's take the next step."
The Jaguars' running back had Bradley's endorsement to journey to Miami where he trains with Pete Bommarito at his training facility in Miami.
"(Maurice) talked to both (general manager) Dave (Caldwell) and I and he has a clear picture of what we expect when he goes down there and when he comes back," Bradley said. "We just felt like it was in his interest to go down there and rehab and condition.
"He's going back and forth with some of the things with his foot and (trainer) Mike (Ryan) has been great with him and Milo (strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski), but we just felt like to take the next step for him would be going to intensify things a little bit more for him."
At 29, Montell Owens just didn't figure into the Jaguars' plans of "going young". That's why the franchise's record-holder in special teams tackles (118) was let go last week after seven seasons with the club. It certainly wasn't a question of durability. Owens missed just eight games in his time with the Jaguars, with his 104 games played ranking 20th in team history.
Head coach Gus Bradley confirmed that it was more of a numbers game than anything why the fan-favorite Owens was let go.
"We wanted to get a chance to look at our younger guys," Bradley said. "I think it was a decision by me just to give him a chance. I didn't know what was going to take place throughout the whole training camp and things like that.
"We kind of had an idea with the youth that we had at that position that we wanted to see him and give him an opportunity to get picked up at this time of year for himself. I think that was part of it rather than waiting if it should happen to the last cut. He was good the whole time here special-teams wise, but I think it's more philosophy wise."
Owens might have had a chance to contribute as a backup runner to Maurice Jones-Drew. Owens had career totals of 292 yards on 56 rushes and caught 12 passes for 132 yards. But during the offseason, the club signed Justin Forsett from Houston and drafted multi-versatile back Denard Robinson.
The Jaguars continued to add familiar names to their TV and radio coverage for the coming season. Former quarterback Mark Brunell will now be a part of the team's preseason television coverage, serving as color analyst for the four preseason games.
"This is a new endeavor for me and I'm glad the Jaguars have given me this opportunity," said Brunell, who several months ago was named head football coach of a small private school in Jacksonville. "It feels great to be a part of the Jaguars family again."
Brunell played for the Jaguars from 1995-2003 and he still owns most of the franchise's passing records. His 19-year NFL career included stops in Green Bay, Jacksonville, Washington, New Orleans and the New York Jets.
In addition to calling the Jaguars preseason games, Brunell will serve as a co-host of a mid-week radio show on Jaguars football, working alongside former teammates Jeff Lageman and Tony Boselli.
Boselli, the first player selected to have his name appear inside the stadium as part of the Pride of the Jaguars, will also take on an added role this season. He served in the role that Brunell will assume this year, but will now move to the radio side where he'll join Lageman as an analyst for the entire regular season. Boselli was the first draft pick of the Jaguars and made five consecutive Pro Bowl starts during his seven seasons with the Jaguars until a shoulder injury prematurely ended his career.
Lageman played for the Jaguars from 1995 to '98 and was the team's first captain. He started 37 of 40 games played in the Jaguars first four seasons. He previously played six seasons with the New York Jets. Lageman is also a regular on several Jaguars radio shows during the week.
"I'm not really thinking long-term. I'm thinking about today and the next day and just taking it one day at a time and learning everything I need to do to be the best player that I can be."- Newly acquired defensive tackle Kyle Love talking about any long-term effects of his Type 2 diabetes and whether it affects his play.
A closer look at the Jaguars' picks:
Round 1/2—Luke Joeckel, T, 6-6, 306, Texas A&M
Jacksonville got the player it coveted more than anybody. Even though he's a three-year starter at left tackle, he'll be moved to right tackle to give the Jaguars bookend tackles in Eugene Monroe and Joeckel. He won the Outland Trophy as the best offensive lineman in college last year. The Jaguars are counting on that ability to carry over to the NFL for the next decade.
Round 2/33 - Johnathan Cyprien, SS, 6-0, 217, Florida International
The Jaguars entertained trade offers for the pick but only if it was something special. When none came forward, Jacksonville jumped at the chance to grab Cyprien who they were very high on. They like his physical nature and durability. He never missed a college game while posting career totals of 365 tackles, 13.5 tackles for lost yardage and seven interceptions. Cyprien has long arms and with his size is the ideal makeup of what Gus Bradley wanted in the secondary.
Round 3/64 - Dwayne Gratz, CB, 5-11, 201, Connecticut
Gratz isn't as big as Cyprien, who the Jaguars took in the previous round, but he has strength to play a physical-type game. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 22 times at the Combine this past spring. Plus he has the speed with a 4.47 clocking in the 40. He started all but 11 of 50 games at Connecticut in his career and finished with 189 tackles and eight interceptions. With the Jaguars secondary void of its top three cornerbacks from a year ago, Gratz will make a strong bid to step into a starting role as a rookie.
Round 4/101 - Ace Sanders, WR/PR, 5-7, 178, South Carolina
Sanders fills a role that the Jaguars have been lacking in recent years, that of a punt returner. He's listed at wide receiver and he told the local media that "I'm a wide receiver who also returns punts." But the Jaguars will likely see his role in the reverse order. They have several established young receivers but need help with the kick return game. Sanders can fill that void.
Round 5/135 - Denard Robinson, RB, 5-11, 197, Michigan
Robinson gained his notoriety as a versatile quarterback at Michigan who could run and throw. In 49 career games that included 37 starts - all but two at quarterback - he set an NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback (4,495). He also set the single-season mark for quarterbacks with 1,702 yards. The Jaguars are hoping he can do the same but without the quarterback tag. He'll be used strictly as a running back, even though he got some looks as a wide receiver in post-season workouts.
Round 6/169 - Josh Evans, CB, 6-1, 207, Florida
Evans is another defensive back with size, a top criteria in head coach Gus Bradley's defensive scheme while he was the coordinator in Seattle. Evans is a tough, hard-hitting safety that was part of a Florida defense known for its physicality. He started 24 games at free safety for the Gators and finished with 154 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his career. He solidifies the safety position that was strengthened with second-round pick Johnathan Cyprien and returning veteran Dwight Lowery.
Round 7/208 - Jeremy Harris, CB, 6-2, 184, New Mexico State
General manager David Caldwell said that late-round picks by the Jaguars would be made with an emphasis toward special teams help. With two picks in a three-player span in the seventh round, the Jaguars did just that with a pair of cornerbacks. Harris played for current Jaguars defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker who offered his endorsement of his former player.
Round 7/210 - Demetrius McCray, CB, 6-1, 187, Appalachian State
McCray became the fifth of eight players selected by the Jaguars who will play in the secondary, an area in which the Jaguars parted ways with four of their top six players from their 2012 unit. McCray is like the other four selections, a physical player who hits hard and has good coverage skills. With so many openings in their secondary, Harris and McCray stand a good bet to make the roster this fall.
CB Rashean Mathis started only four games after having ACL surgery and was told by the team he won't be re-signed.
CB William Middleton is a backup defensive back who won't be a priority.
QB Jordan Palmer, Carson Palmer's brother, was in camp and was signed after Blaine Gabbert was injured, but he isn't in their plans.
LB Daryl Smith missed all but the last two games with a groin injury and he's turning 31 on March 14 and that may affect what the Jaguars are willing to offer him. So he is likely to test the market and will probably leave.
C/G Steve Vallos is a veteran journeyman who was signed in November and is a backup type who won't be in demand.
(not tendered offers)
FB Brock Bolen (not tendered as RFA) spent most of the season on the practice squad and is a minimum wage type player if he's signed.
LB Kyle Bosworth (not tendered as RFA) got a chance to start because of injuries, but couldn't keep the job and won't be a priority.
DE John Chick (not tendered as ERFA) may be re-signed since the Jaguars need pass rushers and he has potential.
C John Estes (not tendered as RFA) has potential and the Jaguars would like to keep him although he's been bothered with injuries.
RB Keith Toston (not tendered as ERFA) may be re-signed to compete for a starting running back job in training camp because the running back position is in a state of flux.
CB Jeremy Harris (7/208): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
CB Demetrius McCray (7/210): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
C Brad Meester: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
CB Antwaun Molden: UFA; terms unknown.
WR Jordan Shipley: Not tendered as RFA; $1.315M/2 yrs.
CB Marcus Trufant: Seattle Seahawks; one-year, terms unknown.
CB Alan Ball: UFA Texans; terms unknown.
DE Brandon Deaderick (waivers Patriots).
RB Justin Forsett: UFA Texans; terms unknown.
LB Geno Hayes: UFA Bears; $2M/2 yrs.
DT Kyle Love (waivers Patriots).
DT Sen'Derrick Marks: UFA Titans; $1.5M/1 yr.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi: UFA Browns; $4.7M/2 yrs.
DT Roy Miller: UFA Buccaneers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
CB Marcus Trufant: UFA Seahawks; terms unknown.
T Eben Britton: UFA Bears; 1 yr, terms unknown.
CB Derek Cox: UFA Chargers; $20M/4 yrs, $5.25M SB.
RB Rashad Jennings: UFA Raiders; terms unknown.
FB Greg Jones: UFA Texans; $1M/1 yr, $160,000 SB/$240,000 guaranteed.
LB Greg Jones (released).
DT Terrance Knighton: UFA Broncos; $4.5M/2 yrs, $500,000 guaranteed.
S Dawan Landry (released).
DT C.J. Mosley (released).
RB Richard Murphy (released).
RB Montell Owens (released).
RB Jalen Parmele: UFA Titans; terms unknown.
TE Zach Potter: Not tendered as RFA/Rams; terms unknown).
WR Laurent Robinson (released).
CB Aaron Ross (released).
DE George Selvie: Not tendered as RFA/Buccaneers; 1 yr, terms unknown).
T Guy Whimper (released).
CB Antwaun Molden (released).