Previewing the ’10 Jaguars roster – The secondary

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Zoltan Paksa here, continuing our preview of the 2010 Jaguars roster; with the area that is by far the biggest concern of the 2010 season: the secondary.

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Rashean Mathis; Source: Yardbarker

At cornerback I maybe can say the Jaguars are looking good, although I have concerns in that position.  But at safety? Oh; the safety position is where the Jaguars have a big big hole. So let’s take a deep look at the defensive backfield of the ’10 Jaguars and see where we stand. 

 Let’s start at cornerback. At least the Jaguars have 2 returning starters; Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox.  Before I go any further, I must express my concerns already, right in the best part of the secondary… I have concerns that Rashean too often suffers from injury, and let’s face it, he was not a premium corner in ’09. Yes, he showed flashes such as intercepting Mark Sanchez’s pass while the Jets QB attempted his first throw in New York, but I also remember how bad he was torched against the Seahawks in Seattle. Maybe it is age; maybe he had just a bad year; we will find out. By the way before leaving to cover Chicago sports for ESPN, Michael C Wright said Rashean wants a new contract, although he has a contract until 2012. Keep this informations in your mind. Derek Cox performed OK in his rookie year. He lead the team with 4 interceptions (including 1 from his very first on field appearance and first defensive drive of 2009, picking off Peyton Manning). He finshed the year with 72 tackles, but he was targeted often by the opponent OCs; until Mathis was healthy and the receivers almost every time made the catch against him. A lot of tackles equals a lot of completions too! But at least Derek made the tackles every time. (I have a few words later in this article for someone who failed to even do that…). But coming from William&Mary; (plus with the pressure that he was drafted by trading away this years 2nd round pick) he is considered by a good player leaguewide. But he must step forward again and improve this year!

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Tags: Secondary; Rashean Mathis; Derek Cox; Cornerback; Don Carey; Reggie Nerlson; Anthony Smith; Safety;

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Thank Terry for the editing. If you find that these articles looking good; thank it to Terry; who is doing a fantastic job about the outfit of the article.
    I can’t thank enough his work!

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Well Atogwe is NOT signed his tender with the Rams. A. K.A. good news for us!

  • JagSoldier

    Great article Z. You brought up some serious concerns to worry about. I personally feel that the only help that is going to come is through Free agency. The guys we have just arent good enough. A better passrush will help though.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Since Rashean it seems want a new contract; and for it he might holdoiut at OTAs I’m even more nervous about the situation

  • Chris

    I think Don Carey will win the nickleback spot outright from Starks.

    On the topic between Courtney Greene and Whitehead. Courtney isn’t eligible for the PS as he was active for more than 8 games last year. I wish we could see more about him because last year I thought he was going to get cut, but the Jags held onto him…who knows?

    If I had to pick 4 safeties for next season it would be A. Smith, G. Alexander,S. Considine, and C. Greene. Although Gene will keep Nelson around for 1 more year as a precautionary to see if it was just the pass-rushes fault. But even then he has become exposed to the other teams in our division and should be traded for a 4th or 5th round draft pick next season if he doesn’t make the Week 1 start or gets replaced by Week 4/5. Give Gene more ammo to get that QB next year…..hehe

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Greene is for sure someone we must watch for in training camp