New Jaguar Scouting Report: Jimmy Kennedy

The Jaguars signed former Rams, Broncos, and Bears defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy to an offer sheet Monday, and when the Bears decided to decline to match the offer, Kennedy became the newest Jaguar. Just like every new player the Jaguars acquire, whether it be via free agency, the draft, or via a trade, JagNation will bring you the complete scouting report for Jimmy Kennedy.

Since Kennedy's stay in Chicago was a short one, as he was signed after week 14 of the 2007 season, we went to Scout.com Rams expert and Sirius NFL Radio host Howard Balzer for his thoughts on Kennedy, being that Balzer covered him throughout the first four years of his career. Here's what Howard had to say:

"In a nutshell, part of Jimmy Kennedy's lack of success in St. Louis was him being moved around all the time. As a rookie with Lovie Smith here, he had to lose weight to fit what Lovie wanted. Lovie ultimately left and he was able to put weight back on, but he broke a bone in his foot in a training camp scrimmage against the Bears.

He was always inconsistent and didn't use his hands well. In 2006, he was moved to nose tackle, which wasn't a good fit. He hurt his hand early, and that had an impact on his poor play. But mainly, he's a great guy that never seemed to have the necessary passion to get better."

This represents another very low risk, possible high reward signing for the Jaguars. The team only has a $50,000 signing bonus involved, and if Kennedy and the Jaguars coaching staff can't complete the reclamation project, it will be very little lost in the grand scheme of things. The odds are more than likely that Kennedy will continue his mediocre to poor play and probably not even make the final roster, but he's a guy with first-round pedigree that if he get's his mind right, could still be an impact player or at the very least, a rotational contributor. Time will tell.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustrated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.



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