The NFL is tightening its COVID-19 protocols ahead of the 2021 season. So far, five players have been placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list and four of them play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s uncertain if they were exposed to the virus or tested positive, but this is a situation the organization should definitely monitor moving forward.
Second-year quarterback Jake Luton was one of the other players that landed on the COVID-19 list. The other three were cornerbacks Luq Barcoo, C.J. Henderson, and Chris Claybrooks. While it’s never pleasant to know they will be out, the Jags can withstand their absence due to all the additions they made to their cornerback group this offseason.
Last season, injuries hit Jacksonville’s cornerback group hard, and their top three players — DJ Hayden, Sidney Jones, and Henderson — missed several games. They didn’t have much depth, and teams weren’t afraid to test a Jaguars secondary that finished 27th in points allowed.
Earlier this year, head coach Urban Meyer acknowledge the team needed to revamp the secondary. The Jags did precisely that and signed Shaquill Griffin in free agency. They also brought back Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon. Then, they took Tyson Campbell in Round 2 of this year’s draft.
It’s uncertain how much time Barcoo, Henderson, and Claybrooks will be miss. Vaccinated players can return to practice after testing negative in two consecutive days while those who aren’t vaccinated will be on a ten-day isolation period. However, the Jaguars’ cornerback unit is currently in good shape. Here’s how the group looks ahead of training camp.