I had the opportunity to have a quick chat via Twitter with the newest Titan, Leger Douzable. I got some interesting answers from him, but first I want to let you know who Leger Douzable is.
Leger was a two-year letter winner at Alonso High School in Tampa. For his senior year in high school he recorded 50 tackles and 10 sacks, as well as an interception return for a TD and two blocked field goals. He was elected as Second-team All-County that year.
As a Tampa, Florida native, Leger went to college at the UCF, where he earned some playing time in all 11 games as a true freshman at defensive tackle. He had his first start as a sophomore in 2005. By his junior year he led his team in sacks with 7 and recorded 10.5 tackles for loss. He had some breakout games as a senior against Marshall, East Carolina and UAB.
He came out as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and began his NFL career on the Vikings practice squad. He was waived and shortly after, acquired by the Giants where he made the active roster but recorded no playing time.
His chances started in 2009 season when he recorded 16 tackles for the Rams in 12 games, including five tackles for loss to tie for second-most on the team.
Last season, for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Leger contributed with 38 total tackles and a sack. He started 6 of the 16 games and was constantly around the ball.
At 6-4 and 284 pounds, Leger may be considered a big defensive end or a fast defensive tackle. He is the natural replacement for Jason Jones, who saw time as defensive tackle and end. He fits perfectly into Jerry Gray’s scheme in which different lineman are used for different packages in different positions. His versatility could earn him more playing time. I certainly expect a lot from this signing.
Leger told me that he “only likes playing in the D-Line” when I asked him about the possibility of playing other football positions. For this upcoming season he “expects to win the AFC South” with the Titans.
I asked Leger to give a message to all the titans fans that are hoping for him to have a breakout year, to which he replied, “Just want to let you know that the Titans got the steal of free agency”. That’s exactly what you want to hear from every new signing. He shows he has the attitude to work hard and don’t let the team down with the opportunity.
Now we all know a little more about the newest Titan. Personally, I’m looking forward to see what he can do in the football field as an underdog.