Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye is happy to be a member of the Denver Broncos organization as he is excited about being in a new environment. Bouye, a seven-year NFL veteran, spent the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, before he signed with the Broncos earlier this offseason.
The Broncos sent a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars for Bouye, who has recorded 14 interceptions, 66 passes defensed and 315 tackles throughout his career. The Broncos have one of the best defenses in the NFL and a Pro Bowl veteran such as Bouye will be a welcome addition to an already strong defense.
"It was definitely something that I wanted,” Bouye told SiriusXL Radio Host Bruce Murray, as quoted on Big Cat Country. “I couldn’t control where I really wanted to go. But, Denver was one of the teams I definitely wanted to go to.
Just seeing what they had how they finished strong last year. And when my agent told me, I was definitely excited. I couldn’t control what was going on in Jacksonville. I just tried to keep a positive attitude and just kept grinding and just to go somewhere and already have great chemistry with the coaches and already feeling like they want me to succeed."
A.J. Bouye describes how bad the situation was in the Jaguars locker room
After the Jaguars made the NFL championship final in 2017, the expectation was that the-then one of the most promising and talented teams would continue to be a threat in the years to come.
But it will went downhill after their great 2017 campaign and it all culminated last year when the Jaguars finished last in their division -- in a campaign which was marked by all the wrong reasons. "The play wasn’t where it needed to be.
I don’t think there was much that was changed scheme-wise on our end - we just couldn’t stop certain things. So I felt we were becoming a little too predictable,” Bouye revealed. “On top of that we had a lot of distractions going into the last year and then certain players with the injuries and certain players wanting to get out of there, it was just a lot going on, and you just couldn’t point the finger at one thing.
"It was so many things - fighting in a locker room and disagreements, to people wanting to be gone like, I’ve just never seen that before”. At the age of 28, A.J. Bouye is still very young and the Broncos hope that he will be a one of the key parts of what they are trying to build in the organization.