If the Jaguars keep trying to use Derrick Harvey as a big body, they're going to waste him. Reggie Hayward's season-ending injury in Jacksonville's loss at Indianapolis likely forced Harvey into his role this past Sunday. With new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker employing mostly three-man fronts in the first two regular season games, the Jaguars' defensive line has been pressed into service in positions with unique size requirements. At 6'5" and 281 pounds, Harvey would seem a decent fit for what's called a "five-tech" end—a defender who lines up across from an offensive tackle and is responsible for the gaps to either side of that tackle. The position requires long, strong arms to separate from blockers and the "base" (lower-body strength) to push against them. Hayward (6'5", 275) ...
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