The Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback unit has plenty of upside.
Here’s how the Jaguars’ cornerback unit could look in Week 1:
- CJ Henderson
- Shaquill Griffin
- Sidney Jones
- Tre Herndon
- Tyson Campbell
- Chris Claybrooks
The selection of Tyson Campbell in this year’s draft might have raised a few eyebrows. The Georgia product was one of the top cornerback prospects in the class but the Jags had already signed Shaquill Griffin and re-signed Tre Herndon and Sidney Jones. On the bright side, the coaching staff may not have to rush the former Bulldog if it isn’t ready and can bring him along slowly as they have depth at the position.
C.J. Henderson (whenever he’s cleared to return) will most likely start opposite Shaquill Griffin, the Jags’ biggest offseason acquisition. He signed a three-year deal worth $40 million in free agency. The former Seattle Seahawks cornerback made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and is expected to stabilize the secondary. On the other hand, Henderson showed promise in 2020 but a groin injury cut his rookie campaign short. He underwent labrum surgery earlier this year but is doing well, according to head coach Urban Meyer.
Tre Herndon will most likely line up in the slot but Sidney Jones could also play there if needed. The Washington product enjoyed a career revival last year after being a non-factor with the Philadelphia Eagles the previous three seasons. If he manages to stay healthy in 2021, he could earn a big role on defense once.
The Jaguars’ cornerback depth chart looks pretty much set ahead of training camp. All in all, the Jags did a good job of fortifying the unit this offseason and it’s noticeable. The group has the potential to become a strength.