2. Jaguars player that was damaged by Urban Meyer – Andre Cisco, S.
Andre Cisco was a ballhawk back in college, logging 13 interceptions and 14 passes defensed at Syracuse. However, he slid to the third round of the 2021 draft due to injury red flags. Fortunately, he’s been healthy throughout his rookie campaign.
You would think that a player with that kind of playmaking skills would see the field often but Cisco has spent most of the 2021 season on the sidelines, being mostly relegated to special teams. When Urban Meyer was asked why the first-year safety hadn’t gotten more playing time in Week 14, he said he had played a bit but in reality, he appeared in zero defensive snaps.
Not knowing how much playing time his players are getting was one of Meyer’s biggest blunders during his short stint in Jacksonville. He also said the coaching staff wasn’t playing Cisco more because they didn’t sacrifice winning games. Keep in mind that that the Jags were 2-11 when the former head coach made that statement, so the explanation for Cisco’s lack of playing time didn’t make sense, especially when you take into account that he has a bigger ceiling than starting safety Andrew Wingard.
The rookie safety will finally see more playing time now that Rayshawn Jenkins is out for the year. It shouldn’t have taken an injury to another player to see the rookie safety get on the field but he wil have three games to show what he brings to the table.