The Bjoern Werner experiment in Jacksonville has come to an end. The Jaguars today cut the defensive end as part of roster cuts do get down to 75 players.
The Indianapolis Colts released their former first round pick earlier this offseason, and Werner went a while without getting signed anywhere. The Jaguars then gave him a shot, and he was excited to get back to playing as a 4-3 defensive end after working as a 3-4 outside linebacker in Indianapolis. He later said that was part of why it didn’t work out with the Colts, as he wasn’t a fit in their system. But now, it turns out it didn’t work out with the Jaguars either.
The Colts took him with their first round pick in 2013 out of Florida State, but he didn’t develop into the player they thought he could be. In three seasons he played in 38 games (starting 16) and recorded 81 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble. Drafted to be a pass rusher, he struggled to produce at all in that area.
It will be interesting to see now whether Werner gets another shot. He went a while without getting signed this offseason despite the rosters being at 90 players, so now with teams trying to cut their rosters down it’s very uncertain whether he’ll get another shot or whether he’ll have to wait even longer this time. But regardless, we won’t be seeing him face the Colts as a member of the Jaguars this year.