5 Jacksonville Jaguars hardest potential incoming cuts

Lerentee McCray #55 leads the Jacksonville Jaguars onto the field (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
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Jacksonville Jaguars hardest incoming cut No. 2 – Safety Andrew Wingard

Along with left tackle and tight end, safety was one of the Jaguars’ biggest needs early this year. The team’s brass knew it, so they invested heavily in the position this offseason. First, they signed Rayshawn Jenkins and Rudy Ford in free agency. They later used a third-round pick in this year’s draft on Andre Cisco.

Heading into training camp, safety might not be a strength but it’s not a weakness either. Keep in mind that Jarrod Wilson was one of the best Jaguars’ defenders last season and then-rookie Daniel Thomas showed promise before an arm injury cut his 2020 season short.

It’s currently uncertain how many safeties the Jags will carry into the season but the magic number may be five. That means Jenkins, Ford, Thomas, Wilson, and Cisco should be part of the team’s 53-man roster. This could make Andrew Wingard the odd man out.

The Wyoming product signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2019. As a rookie, he mainly played on special teams, appearing on 73 percent of the team’s total snaps. However, his playing time on defense went significantly up last season. After logging 185 defensive snaps in 2019, he had 561 in 2020.

Wingard’s best performance last year came in Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts. In that game, he snagged an interception and registered six total tackles, three tackles for a loss, and one pass defensed. Will he be in Jacksonville in 2021?