No. 3 Jaguars player who could get bumped down: Andrew Wingard, S
Andrew Wingard is one of those Jaguars players who will try to keep their starting job this upcoming season. After going undrafted in 2019, the former Wyoming Cowboy signed with Jacksonville and has seen his playing time steadily increase over the last three years. He was named the starter over rookie Andre Cisco last year even though the latter had a good training camp and posted the highest Pro Football Focus overall grade among first-year rookies in the preseason.
There is a new coaching staff in place though, and Wingard will once again have to fend off Cisco but it looks like the nod will go to the sophomore safety this time around. During one of the Jaguars’ Organized Team Activities, head coach Doug Pederson spoke highly of Cisco.
Pederson described Cisco as “a great communicator” and “a good football player”. The head coach added that he’s looking forward to seeing what the second-year safety can do with pads on and that comment it’s key. The Jags can’t just simply go ahead and give either Cisco or Wingard the starting job. Both players will have to compete in training camp and the battle may last into the preseason.
Wingard has certainly been serviceable. Last season, he made 15 starts and logged 88 tackles, two tackles for a loss and one interception. However, the Jaguars need more from the safety position and Cisco might be precisely the kind of player that can make an impact. It’s still too early to tell how things will play out but Cisco might be the better option of the two.