The Jacksonville Jaguars need to upgrade the safety position.
You may be tired of hearing that the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t currently a good team. However, this won’t change as long as they don’t make significant changes to their coaching staff and their roster. While their offense has some solid pieces in place, their defense needs an infusion of talent at all levels and the safety position is no different.
Rookie Daniel Thomas just made his first start in Week 10. He played every single snap on defense, allowed two passes for 12 yards, and registered eight total tackles. While it wasn’t a bad performance, it wasn’t great either.
The Jaguars may end up giving Thomas more playing time and see what his ceiling is. After all, he could be an upgrade over Josh Jones, who has allowed 20 of 22 passes for a 90.9 completion percentage for 273 yards and two touchdowns in 2020.
On the other hand, the team’s brass shouldn’t place all their chips on Thomas. The rookie is a nice development project, but it would be too much to expect him to become a Pro Bowler. Instead, the team should consider bringing an established veteran via free agency in the offseason.
This Jacksonville team is set to have $83.99 million on cap space and they could use some of that amount on a grizzled veteran. The 2021 free-agent class will offer many enticing options at the strong safety position and the ‘Jags’ shouldn’t hesitate to explore them.