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Tyjuan Hagler's season of emergence will include a new position. The veteran linebacker will make his third career start Monday at Jacksonville, but his first on the strong side, replacing Rocky Boiman.

"You've got to embrace it,'' Hagler said Thursday. "It's a blessing to be in the starting lineup."
A fifth-round draft pick in 2005, Hagler started on the weak side against Tennessee and Tampa Bay after a dislocated elbow and concussion sidelined Freddy Keiaho. Hagler also has taken repetitions in practice at middle linebacker.
He has made steady contributions through five games -- 14 tackles, one forced fumble -- after missing his rookie season with a sports hernia and appearing in only nine games in 2006, all on special teams.
Boiman wasn't thrilled with the demotion. He started once and played extensively in two other games at strong-side linebacker in place of injured veteran Rob Morris.
"Obviously I'm very disappointed and I don't know why (the change was made),'' Boiman said. "I can only control what I can control.''

Hagler looks like a stud.  Nice to know we may have a little more depth than we initially thought, too.

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