Posted by Josh Katzowitz
You know how much DE Derrick Harvey has cost the Jaguars since they drafted him with the No. 8 overall pick in 2008?
It cost them two third-round picks and a fourth-rounder (they also switched first-round picks with Baltimore, which took Joe Flacco with its selection that year). It cost them 33 days during which Harvey was holding out before his rookie year. And it cost them a five-year contract worth $33.4 million (including $17.4 million guaranteed).
And you know what all of that bought Jacksonville? A defensive end who has just been demoted to the second team.
That’s the word out of Jaguars headquarters today, according to the Florida Times-Union.
In his first two seasons, Harvey recorded only six sacks, but the team seemed satisfied with his run-stopping abilities. Coming into this year, Harvey lost 15 pounds in an attempt to make himself a better pass rusher, but that hasn’t come to fruition (he’s recorded exactly one-half sack this year).
Instead, he’s been steadily losing playing time to Jeremy Mincey – who, by the way, has never started an NFL game.
Now, we’ll see how Harvey responds to his demotion. Now, we’ll see if Harvey is even active this Sunday.
"I would expect a guy that faces that kind of situation to respond with a lot of pride," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "He should feel angry and channel that energy into a positive move to become the type of player that we want and need him to become."
And maybe he will play better. According to Tania Ganguli of the Times-Union, DL coach Joe Cullen said Harvey was “pissed” when he found out the news.
That’s probably the exact reaction Cullen wanted to see.
"I don’t quit on anybody,” Cullen told Ganguli. “I know there’s something in there that I’ve got to get out of him."
Who knows if that’s ever going to be more than just a less-than-mediocre defensive end who happened to cost his team a lot of time and money.
*On a side note, Harvey is the last remaining member of Jacksonville’s 2008 draft class, and now, he’s not even starting. Two years removed, that’s not what you’d call a real good draft year for the squad.
**On a second side note, Ganguli has a pretty good stat. On his career, Harvey has batted down two passes. This season, Mincey has three.
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