5 Jacksonville Jaguars who must earn bigger roles in 2022

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No. 5 Jaguars player who must earn a bigger role – Andre Cisco.

The Jaguars found their quarterback of the future in Trevor Lawrence but he’s not the only player of their 2021 draft class that could and should have a featured role in 2021. Travis Etienne will be the number one running back and cornerback Tyson Campbell had a promising rookie campaign. Walker Little should also start next season (see the previous entry) and then, there’s safety Andre Cisco.

Safety was one of the Jags’ most pressing needs entering last year’s draft but instead of addressing it in the first or even the second round, they waited until the third to take Cisco. This was somewhat of a risky pick when you considered that he had to deal with injuries over the last two years at Syracuse. Back in 2019, it was a lower-body injury and he tore his ACL early in the 2020 season.

In the end, the former Orangeman had no setbacks and was at full speed in training camp. However, Andrew Wingard earned the starting role next to Rayshawn Jenkins and Cisco was mostly relegated to special teams throughout most of the season. Near the end of the year, Wingard was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list, which gave Cisco the chance to show what he brought to the table. Right off the bat, he displayed the speed and the range that made him a ballhawk at the collegiate level.

Cisco might need to compete with Dewey for the starting job once again but with one year of experience under his belt and a new coaching staff in place, he will most likely have a legitimate chance to win it.

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