After just 7 sacks in his first 4 years with the Jaguars, Terrance Knighton has found a new home with the Denver Broncos and former coach Jack Del Rio.
John Elway was very happy with his new signing, "[A] great athlete for his size who had a lot of success under [defensive coordinator] Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville," Elway tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
Knighton, 26, spent four seasons with the Jaguars, where he had seven career sacks, six passes defended, and three forced fumbles. While no one doubts his athleticism, there are questions about consistency. As ProFootballFocus.com points out, "Knighton fell out of favor with the Jaguars old coaching staff despite making a pretty decent impact (in 2012), and has always been on of these players who on his day looks like he could warrant Pro Bowl consideration. Unfortunately there's a lot of less-than-stellar performances from him out there."
And that's where Del Rio comes in. He was fired by the Jags midway during the 2011 season but did a masterful job last season as the Broncos' defensive coordinator (till this happened anyway). If Del Rio can motivate Knighton, the Broncos' front seven will be even better. And the plan, at least from the perspective of March, is to have Knighton play alongside defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson.