No. 4 Jaguars player whose stock has crashed – Andrew Wingard
On one hand, safety Andrew Wingard deserves to be commended. After going undrafted in 2019, he signed with the Jaguars and steadily moved his way up the depth chart. Mainly a special teams player during his rookie campaign, the Wyoming product played half the Jaguars’ defensive snaps last year and has started every single game this season.
This would be great if Wingard were playing at a high level but that hasn’t been the case. He did log the Jags’ first interception of the season but hasn’t fared well in coverage and his tackling technique is far from optimal, posting a 35.4 Pro Football Focus grade in that department. What’s worse is that the coaching staff refuse to give playing time to either rookie Andre Cisco or sophomore Daniel Thomas.
Moreover, the Jags released veteran Jarrod Wilson before the start of the season. He had more experience than Dewey and was arguably a better option. Then again, defensive coordinator Joe Cullen has expressed confidence in Wingard and described him as “reliable and though” when he was named the starter opposite Rayshawn Jenkins.
The Jaguars need to start Cisco next year or upgrade the safety position. Whatever they do, they can’t keep giving Wingard a feature role.