3 best decision Jaguars have made in Urban Meyer era
The Jacksonville Jaguars invested in their secondary.
At first sight, it looks like the Jaguars didn’t need to draft Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell. You could also argue that the team overpaid for the services of Shaquill Griffin. However, both moves were needed, even smart, when you take into consideration how thin Jacksonville was a cornerback last year.
C.J. Henderson missed the second half of the season with a groin injury. Sidney Jones was having a career revival before he suffered an Achilles injury. Furthermore, D.J. Hayden was placed on the Injury/Reserve list with a hamstring injury. With their top 3 cornerbacks out with injury, Greg Mabin and Luq Barcoo ended up getting playing time.
The team doesn’t want to be in the same position once against so they loaded at cornerback this offseason. Besides re-signing Jones and Tre Herndon, Jacksonville added Griffin and Campbell. Nevertheless, they didn’t stop there, they also added Rayshawn Jenkins and Andre Cisco to their safety group.
Just like the cornerback room, the Jaguars’ safety group was struck by injuries last year. Daniel Thomas showed flashes of playmaking prowess as a rookie and even started two games before an arm injury ended his season. Veteran Jarrod Wilson also missed four games. Jenkins will most likely line up next to Wilson and it may be a matter of time before Cisco joins the starting lineup.
It’s true that the Jags may have paid a premium for Griffin’s and Jenkins’ services, but they had the most cap space in the league. They needed to spend it somewhere and they rightfully decided to do it on their secondary, which has the potential to be a strength in 2021.