Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 early practice squad candidates in 2021

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Cornerback Jameson Houston (34) of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad candidate No. 1- Jameson Houston

The Jaguars spent the offseason revamping their cornerback group. Signing Shaquill Griffin was arguably their most significant move but it wasn’t the only one. The team’s brass also brought back Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon. Moreover, they selected Tyson Campbell with the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the 33rd overall. One move that might not have garnered as much attention but was important nonetheless was the acquisition of Jameson Houston.

Back in May, the Jags traded Josiah Scott to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Houston and a 2023 sixth-round selection. An undrafted free agent out of Baylor, the cornerback spent time with the Cleveland Browns and the Carolina Panthers before signing with Philly last November. Last season, the former Bear appeared in three games and played 22 total snaps on defense.

Houston had a mixed performance against the Browns. On one hand, he broke up a pass but he later gave up a touchdown to wide receiver Ryan Switzer. The Jaguars have depth at cornerback and the sophomore is a long shot to make the team. Griffin, Jones, Campbell, Herndon, C.J. Henderson have a roster spot pretty much secured. Chris Claybrooks will probably get the sixth one. That basically leaves Houston on the outside looking in.

It wouldn’t make much sense to move from the second-year cornerback after trading for him earlier this year. If he survives the first roster cuts, the Jaguars’ coaching staff should give him another look against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.