As another miserable season rumbles towards its conclusion for the Jacksonville Jaguars, two starters have been placed on IR, ending their seasons early. Tight end Julius Thomas is being shelved with a back injury, and defensive end Jared Odrick is out with a shoulder injury.
Mike Kaye of WTLV first reported the news, which was widely confirmed by national insiders before the team made the roster moves official via Twitter.
The team has promoted RB Bronson Hill (PS) & activated OL Luke Bowanko (PUP) and placed Odrick (shoulder)/Thomas (back) on injured reserve.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) December 10, 2016
Odrick was signed to a big free-agent deal before last year, when Jacksonville lured him away from Miami on a five-year, $42.5 million deal. He performed well last year but didn’t exactly dazzle with 5.5 sacks. In just six games this year, Odrick has managed just one sacks and 12 total tackles.
Thomas was another big free-agent acquisition last year, when he was tempted away from Denver on a five-year, $46 million deal. He caught 46 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns appearing in 12 games last season and added another 30 catches for 281 yards and four touchdowns in nine games this year. That he can’t stay healthy is a problem, as is the fact that he’s been catching passes from Blake Bortles — not Peyton Manning.
Needless to say, Jacksonville has not seen a good return on its investment as it relates to either player. But this is just standard practice for an organization that continues to disappoint its already tepid fan base. With just two wins thus far in 2016, it’s been a terrible season for the Jaguars, who have not come close to improving since Gus Bradley took over for Mike Mularkey in 2013.