Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 players that could have a decreased role in 2021
There are several reasons why the Jacksonville Jaguars went 1-15 in 2020. Not having enough playmakers was one of them, so the team’s brass spent the offseason fortifying a roster that was in a dire need of depth and talent. After free agency and the draft, the Jags look in better shape than they were one year ago. In fact, they might have a surplus of players at certain positions.
Also, there are several returning contributors that will still have a role in Jacksonville but may not be as big as it was in previous seasons. After all, a team can only have 11 players on the field at any given point of the game, and these Jaguars will remain on the roster, it will just be in a smaller role.
Here are three Jacksonville Jaguars that will have a smaller role in 2021.
3. Cornerback Sidney Jones
The Washington product joined the Jaguars once the 2020 season had already started. After an unsuccessful three-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, it was uncertain what kind of impact cornerback Sidney Jones would have in Jacksonville. It didn’t take much time for the 2017 second-round pick to become a key cog in the Jaguars’ secondary though, logging 26 total tackles, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and two interceptions.
This offseason, the Jaguars brought back the former Husky on a one-year deal but they also re-signed Tre Herndon. Moreover, they signed former Seattle Seahawks Shaquill Griffin in free agency and drafted Tyson Cambell in this year’s selection meeting. Heading into training camp, Jones will have to compete for playing time and won’t likely start in the season opener. Also, he will have to remain healthy, something he’s struggled to do over his four-year career.