4 Jaguars cuts before the 2021 season that would surprise no one

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2. Tre Herndon, cornerback, Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars lost their top three cornerbacks to injuries last year, so it wasn’t surprising to see them stock the unit this offseason. They re-signed Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon. Also, they signed Shaquill Griffin in free agency and used a second-round selection on Tyson Campbell in 2021’s draft.

Sophomore cornerback C.J. Henderson will most likely get his job and should start opposite Griffin. On the other hand, Jones, Herndon, and Campbell may need to compete for slot duties. Whoever loses will be relegated to backup and there could be an odd man out depending on how many cornerbacks the team wants to carry this upcoming season. If Jones can’t stay healthy, it will be him. Another possible candidate to get the boot is Tre Herndon.

Releasing Jones would create $500,000 in dead money but the Jags would save around $1.5 million. An undrafted free agent in 2018, the Vanderbilt has appeared in all 32 games over the last two seasons. He posted a solid three interceptions and 13 passes defensed in 2019. However, his production went down last season and he had no interceptions and just five passes defensed. Also, he allowed almost a 70 percent completion rate last year after giving up just 43.6 percent the year of all the passes thrown his way before.

In Herndon’s defense, the Jaguars were a bad team last year, and the team as a whole lacked energy. Also, he was one of their few players that didn’t miss a game. He could also get a clean slate with the new coaching staff but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t.