The Jacksonville Jaguars’ young secondary is a work in progress.
Cornerback Tyson Campbell has given up receiving touchdowns in back-to-back games. Head coach Urban Meyer said the team was concerned but also noted that they are high on him. Cullen also talked about the rookie’s performance over the last two games.
The Jaguars’ defensive coordinator praised the Georgia product for his ability to stay with the man, “almost like sometimes he covers him too well”. Cullen then acknowledged that the first-year cornerback still has work to do.
"And then, not even a split millisecond, you got to turn and make that play. That’s where he has to get better and our coaches are doing a good job, Tim [Walton] and Joe [Danna] are making sure he’s in those positions during the week, to be able to do that as we move forward."
Cullen was asked whether rookie safety Andre Cisco is ready to start. He said the coaching staff is currently grooming him but he’s not ready yet. Then again, he doesn’t rule out the former Syracuse Orangeman will soon be ready to join the starting lineup. The defensive coordinator took the opportunity to praise Cisco, “he’s physical, and now he’s doing some great things but in time, he will be”.
As talented as Cisco is, the Jags can afford to bring him along slowly, as veteran Jarrod Wilson and Josh Jones could start opposite Rayshawn Jenkins in the season opener. Simply, it doesn’t make sense to rush the rookie into the lineup if he isn’t ready when you have options at the position.