Secondary injuries gives Tyler Patmon opportunity to shine in practices

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 7: Defensive back Tyler Patmon
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 7: Defensive back Tyler Patmon /

The Jacksonville Jaguars have some concerning injuries to deal with already this training camp, but they’ve given cornerback Tyler Patmon a chance to shine.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a fairly talented secondary as they head into the 2017 regulars, headlined by a couple of guys at cornerbacks who should play at a Pro Bowl level.

Jalen Ramsey looked terrific in his rookie campaign and has the profile of a player who can develop into the best at his position as early as this season. He now has help on the other side of the field in the form of free agent A.J. Bouye, arguably the most coveted guy on the market this offseason.

The Jaguars also replaced maligned strong safety Johnathan Cyprien with Barry Church, an unheralded but solid guy who played well for the Dallas Cowboys.

If free safety Tashuan Gipson can bounce back and play like the ballhawking rover he was in Cleveland, the Jaguars may have one of the better defensive back groups in the AFC.

The one glaring weakness is depth – but they may have found helped in that area.

With injuries holding back Ramsey and Aaron Colvin in camp, some less known guys have received more reps. One guy has taken advantage.

Tyler Patmon has been all over the place in training camp, picking off Blake Bortles multiple times and showing up quite a bit during the joint practices. In addition to the interception of Jameis Winston, Patmon also had a handful of passes defensed in 11-on-11 drills.

The top 3 is settled in terms of corners with Ramsey, Bouye, and Colvin, but the Jaguars absolutely need someone to jump into the 4th spot. 7th round Jalen Myrick has a chance but he’s likely going to be stuck on special teams.

If Patmon keeps playing like this, he’s a lock to make the roster.