5 reasons for Jaguars fans to be optimistic in 2021

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t very good last season but there five reasons for fans to be optimistic in 2021, including their revamped secondary.

The Jags new regime realized the secondary was one of the most glaring issues last season. Cornerbacks C.J. Henderson and Sidney Jones were solid, but the team lacked top-notch speed on the boundaries and at safety. The Jags were 27th in the NFL in total pass yards and passing touchdowns allowed in spite of allowing the sixth-fewest passing attempts. While this isn’t entirely on the secondary, injuries and a lack of depth in the back end certainly played a crucial part in these abysmal stats.

This offseason, the Jaguars brought in cornerback Shaquill Griffin from Seattle, Safety Rayshawn Jenkins from the Chargers, and safety Rudy Ford from Philadelphia. They also drafted a very talented but raw cornerback Tyson Campbell in this year’s selection meeting, and Andre Cisco, the hard-hitting safety from Syracuse.

These additions not only quench the thirst for talent in the secondary, but they also provide depth and the opportunity for the team to rotate these players in and out to keep them all fresh. After all the changes the back seven underwent, Frank Frangie of 1010 XL believes “the secondary looks and feels different“.

Here’s the Jaguars’ starting secondary projection for Week 1: Shaquill Griffin and C.J. Henderson as the starting corners with Sidney Jones in the slot. Rayshawn Jenkins will be the strong safety and Jarrod Wilson will line up at free safety. However, don’t be shocked if Cisco takes over after the first half of the season. Campbell and Tre Herndon will likely rotate with the starting corners and that nickel spot as well.