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Jaguars Free Agency 2013: CB/S Alan Ball To Visit Jaguars

As reported by Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, cornerback/safety Alan Ball is set to visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jaguars need secondary help, particularly at cornerback and strong safety.  Ball played in eight games for the Houston Texans in 2012.  One game was spent at free safety while the others were at cornerback.

Ball allowed just 44.4% of passes thrown his way to be caught in the 2012 season.  He did allow two touchdowns off 18 total targets, however.  His most important aspect of his play may be his special teams play where he had 16 tackles in just 10 games.

Ball is a six year veteran originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2007 draft.  He has good size (6’1″) and could fit well in Bradley’s scheme.  He is a sure tackler and won’t let the player he is defending get past him easily.  He has just 22 starts of 71 games played.  He started all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2010 at free safety, resulting in two interceptions, four passes defended, allowed 63% of balls thrown his way to be caught, and two touchdowns got past him.

This looks like a depth pickup to me, if it happens.  There’s no way Ball comes in and starts immediately with Dwight Lowery at free safety and Ball’s less than stellar record in coverage.

- Luke N. Sims

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