Who will start at safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021?
The Jaguars did a good job of revamping their safety room this offseason. After all the additions they made earlier this year, they may have a good problem on their hand ahead of the 2021 NFL season.
Rayshawn Jenkins, who signed as a free agent this year, will most likely start at one safety spot. However, it’s uncertain who will line up next to him in Week 1 of the regulars season. Rookie Andre Cisco has made strides in training camp, displaying his athleticism. Josh Jones has seen plenty of time with the first-team defense while veteran Jarrod Wilson has been solid. At this point, it may be too soon to make any predictions, as Cisco, Wilson and even Jones could end up starting.
Furthermore, the team’s brass also locked up Rudy Ford in free agency and they have activated sophomore Daniel Thomas from the COVID-19/Reserve list. Wilson met with the local media after Day 16 of training camp and talked about the depth Jacksonville has at safety.
"I love our group, we got a lot of guys from top to bottom. Everyone goes out there competing their tail off and I’m just really proud of our group. From Dre, the youngling, Rudy [Ford] being new, is still gonna be BRus (Brandon Rusnak) me DT [Daniel Thomas] Josh [Jones], Rayshawn [Jenkins], I can’t say enough positive things about them."
The Jags won’t run out of choices at safety and could even withstand a couple of injuries to the position. As Mia O’Brien of First Coast News suggested, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Jaguars carry six safeties into the regulars season. After all, it would be difficult to leave out someone like Ford or Jones when they have had a solid offseason.