Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 players that must step up in 2021

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3. player. 52. . . . Jarrod Wilson, safety

Will Jarrod Wilson keep his starting job with the Jacksonville Jaguars?

The Jaguars’ defense ranked near the bottom of most meaningful categories last season. However, Jarrod Wilson was one of the few bright spots. He wasn’t a Pro Bowler, let alone a First-Team All-Pro, but he was able to hold his own while the rest of the secondary allowed opposing teams to score at ease.

Last season, Wilson appeared in 12 games and played 68 percent of the team’s totals snaps on defense. While he allowed a 76.9 completion rate, he didn’t give up a single touchdown. He posted a solid 64.7 Pro Football Focus overall grade and also logged three passes defensed and one interception.

If Wilson played well last season, you may be wondering why he needs to be even better. The answer is simple, he may face competition in training camp. While the veteran was a starter last year, he may have to fight for his job this offseason. Daniel Thomas showed flashes before an arm injury put an end to his rookie campaign. Also, the team could draft a safety prospect such as Trevon Moehrig, Andre Cisco, or Richie Grant.

If the season started today, Wilson would start next to Rayshawn Jenkins, whom the Jags signed in free agency. However, things could quickly change in training camp. This Jacksonville team already added plenty of depth this offseason and the coaching staff won’t hesitate to promote players if they think they can perform better than the incumbents. This could spell trouble for Wilson.