Leaner Harvey impresses during OTAs

Posted June 10, 2010 @ 3:45 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

Former first-rounder DE Derrick Harvey knows this is a make-or-break season. Harvey, whom the Jaguars drafted eighth overall in 2008 in the belief he would become a menacing pass rusher, has mustered only 5½ sacks in two seasons. Jacksonville has spent the offseason completely revamping its defensive line. 2008 second-round pick Quentin Groves was traded to the Raiders, longtime Jaguar John Henderson was given his walking papers, DE Aaron Kampman was brought in to help an anemic pass rush, and the Jaguars used their first four picks in the draft on defensive linemen. If Harvey weren't facing enough pressure before, there is no question he is now. The way we hear it, Harvey has looked good so far in OTAs, having dropped 15 pounds, which has helped improve his quickness. New defensive line coach Joe Cullen, a notorious "pusher and screamer," is developing a nice rapport with the usually reserved Harvey and believes bigger does not always equal better for his players. Cullen referenced the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl season, in which DE Michael Strahan compiled 11 sacks (including postseason) while playing at 252 pounds. Word is Harvey's leaner physique could pay off in the pass-rush department this season.

 

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