The Jacksonville Jaguars can’t neglect their safety room.
If you ask Jaguars’ fans what they think about Robert Saleh, who was Jacksonville’s linebacker coach from 2014 to 2016, you may get very different opinions. However, he was a hot candidate in this head-coaching cycle before he was hired by the New York Jets.
Saleh started getting attention due to his work with the 49ers’ defense in 2019, which helped them get to Super Bowl 54. That season, they ranked second in total yards and eighth in points scored. On the other hand, you could argue the Michigan native did an even better job in 2020 due to his ability to keep San Francisco’s defense afloat in spite of all the injuries the team sustained.
One of those players that was hindered by injuries was safety Jakisqui Tartt, who missed nine games in the last two seasons. In that span, he logged 54 total tackles, six passes defensed, one interception, and one forced fumble.
Tartt certainly carries injury red flags, but he’s been an asset for the ‘Niners’ when healthy. The former second-round pick could sign a one-year prove-it deal in Jacksonville and add depth to a safety room that dealt with injuries and inconsistency in 2020.