4 Jaguars who can’t be counted on to contribute in 2022

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Free safety Andrew Wingard (42) of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) /

No. 2 player the Jaguars can’t count on in 2022 – Andrew Wingard, S.

Credit where credit is due and safety Andrew Wingard deserves recognition for working his way up the Jags roster as an undrafted free agent in 2019. Dewey has been a mainstay of Jacksonville’s secondary over the last two years, starting 19 games in that span. Having said that, you could make the case he shouldn’t have made some of those starts, especially this season.

It’s understandable why Wingard’s playing time went up in 2020. The Jaguars were dealing with injuries and he was the next in line to take the field. However, that was then and this is now. Before the start of the 2021 season, the coaching staff made the curious decision to name him the starter opposite Rayshawn Jenkins over rookie Andre Cisco, who has a bigger ceiling and better ball skills.

While Wingard isn’t a bad player, he’s better suited in a reserve role and should only see the field if there aren’t any better choices available. He’s currently on the COVID-19 list and it’s unknown if he will be cleared to play in Week 17. If he isn’t good to go, sophomore Daniel Thomas could make his second start of the year. Moving forward, Cisco needs to keep his spot in the lineup, if the Jags’ brass wants him to develop.