Jacksonville Jaguars – Potential cut candidate No. 4: MLB Jordan Hicks
Here’s another player that could give the Jaguars’ front seven a boost. Middle linebacker Jordan Hicks signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and has been a staple of their defense over the last two years, starting every possible game and appearing in the sixth-most snaps in the NFL in that span. Moreover, he’s posted the sixth-most tackles in the league.
Nevertheless, it looks like the Cards want to get younger at linebacker. They drafted Isaiah Simmons eight overall last year and used a first-round pick on Zaven Collins in this year’s draft. Even if Hicks stayed in the desert this upcoming season, he may see a reduced role, so he’s a prime candidate to either be traded or released, according to beat writer Josh Weinfuss.
A third-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, Hicks has appeared in 75 games with 72 starts over his six-year career. Moreover, he’s logged 522 total tackles, 34 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, 29 passes defensed, and 11 interceptions. A torn Achilles in 2017 forced the Texas product to miss nine games. The following year, he suffered a calf strain that sidelined him for four weeks.
Fortunately, Hicks has managed to stay healthy over the last two seasons. In Jacksonville, he could be part of a talented linebacker corps that already includes Joe Schobert and Myles Jack. If Hicks were to join the Jaguars, defensive coordinator Joe Cullen would surely find a role for him.