Ziggy Hood DL JAC 10 Months

The Jaguars coaching staff has had nothing but praise for DT Ziggy Hood.

Hood inked a four-year, $16 million deal with Jacksonville. Getting him out of Pittsburgh's two-gap system as a defensive end and into an attacking role as a three-technique defensive tackle should do Hood wonders. He'll serve as Sen'Derrick Marks' direct backup. Hood had 5.5 sacks in five seasons with the Steelers.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC Dec 22 '79

Jaguars signed DT Ziggy Hood, formerly of the Steelers.

Hood is a first-round pick who just turned 27, but he was an utter bust in Pittsburgh, struggling in both run and pass defense. He'll be a limited-snap rotational tackle if he makes the Jaguars' 53. Hood finished the 2013 campaign with 39 tackles and three sacks, appearing in 16 games and making seven starts.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC Dec 21 '791 Comment

Free agent DL Ziggy Hood is visiting the Jaguars.

Hood, the 32nd pick in the 2009 draft, has pretty much been a bust to this point. He wouldn't be anything more than a rotational interior lineman in Jacksonville, but landing with a coach like Gus Bradley could help turn his career around.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC Dec 10 '79

ESPN's Scott Brown believes it is unlikely the Steelers re-sign free agent DL Ziggy Hood.

Hood has been something of a bust since being selected by the Steelers in the first-round in 2009. He lacks the athleticism to push the pocket as a defensive end in Pittsburgh's 3-4, but also lacks the size to play nose. Hood's best fit could be a "one-technique" in a 4-3 scheme. Brown thinks Hood, who just turned 27, could command $3 million annually on the open market.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC Nov 07 '781 Comment

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette thinks the Steelers could consider moving Ziggy Hood to nose tackle in 2013.

Hood has been one of the least-productive 3-4 defensive ends in football from a pass rush standpoint since being a first-round pick in 2009, but he has been a solid run defender in his career. He might be a little light for nose tackle at just 300 pounds, though. Beat writer Gerry Dulac suggests Steve McLendon could then move from the middle to the outside at defensive end.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC Oct 20 '781 Comment

The Tribune-Review calls Steelers DE Ziggy Hood "one of the NFL's least-productive players at his position."

According to Pro Football Focus, Hood was the league's worst-rated pass-rushing end. He played 833 snaps, but came up with just three sacks and three quarterback hurries. Scouts are questioning his down-to-down effort as he heads into 2013 -- the final year of the former first-round pick's rookie deal.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC Aug 30 '78

Steelers DE Ziggy Hood left Sunday's game in the second quarter with a back injury and did not return.

A disappointment in the first two months Hood was coming off his best game of the season in Week 10. Cameron Hayward, the Steelers' 2011 first-round pick, will see increased snaps if Hood misses Week 12 at Cleveland.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC May 15 '78

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ziggy Hood has been the Steelers' "clear-cut starter" at left end through the early days of camp.

Hood was expected to at least be pushed by 2011 first-rounder Cameron Heyward, but that hasn't been the case thus far. If he's not earning first-team reps in practice, Heyward is going to have to rely on his preseason performances to put pressure on Hood.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC Mar 19 '78

Steelers LE Ziggy Hood has lost 18 pounds of fat and gained 20 pounds of muscle after working out with Outer Limit Athletic Performance this offseason.

Hood faded badly down the stretch last season, conceding that he was "feeling sluggish" and not "in tip-top shape." He's already lowered his body fat from 24 to 18 percent while his training videos have made waves on YouTube. The 2009 first-rounder should have the edge on Cameron Heyward for the starting left end job this summer.

Ziggy Hood DL JAC Mar 14 '78

Ziggy Hood has an "inside track" on the Steelers' starting left end job.

Hood and 2011 first-round pick Cameron Heyward are competing for Aaron Smith's old job. Both players have first-round pedigrees, but Heyward played just 197 snaps as a rookie. The job is likely Hood's to lose, though he did grade out as Pro Football Focus' least effective 3-4 end last season.