Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 veterans who could be on the roster bubble

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3. Jarrod Wilson – Jacksonville Jaguars

When you think of a veteran, a player over 30 years old may come to mind but safety Jarrod Wilson qualifies as one even though he’s just 27. After all, he’s already been in the NFL for five seasons, which is an impressive feat when you take into account the average career in the pros is 3.3 years.

Just like most undrafted free agents, Wilson was a long shot to make the Jaguars’ roster back in 2016. He put his head down and made the team. The Michigan product appeared in all 16 games in his rookie campaign but played mainly on special teams. He worked his way up the depth chart and eventually joined the starting lineup in 2018.

The team’s brass recognized Wilson’s effort and gave him a three-year, $7.25 million deal in 2019’s offseason. Wilson didn’t disappoint and went on to have a career year, starting all 16 games and logging 79 total tackles, six tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. Although the veteran experienced a drop-off in production in 2020, he still put up respectable numbers. However, safety was a pressing need this offseason, and Jacksonville brought in reinforcements.

The Jaguars signed Rayshawn Jenkins and Rudy Ford in free agency. They also drafted Andre Cisco and sophomore Daniel Thomas should compete for playing time after missing the last six games of the 2020 season with an arm injury. Depending on how many safeties Jacksonville wants to carry, Wilson could be a victim of the numbers game.