No. 1 Jaguars starter who could be benched in 2022: Rayshawn Jenkins, S
Much has been said about sophomore Andre Cisco potentially having a breakout season in 2022. This is not shocking when you take into account that the former Syracuse Orangeman was a ballhawk in college. Furthermore, he displayed potential once he joined Jacksonville’s starting lineup towards the end of the 2021 campaign.
Cisco should have no trouble beating incumbent Andrew Wingard in training camp and at this point, it would be newsworthy if he doesn’t. However, something that hasn’t been discussed much is the role fellow safety Rayshawn Jenkins will have this upcoming season.
Jenkin was one of the free agents the Jags signed last year. He was named team captain before the start of the regular season and was expected to become improve the secondary. But he didn’t stand out nor made a single big play. He even got involved in a spat with San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings in Week 11 and was disqualified.
The veteran safety returned to the starting lineup the following game but failed to make an impact. In his defense, the Jags were dealing with the Urban Meyer debacle, which most likely had a negative impact on most players, so it’s reasonable to think that Jenkins should bounce back under Doug Pederson. But if he doesn’t, the coaching staff could give Daniel Thomas a chance.
Thomas has previously started games for the Jags and took over Jenkins’ place in the lineup when he suffered an ankle injury in 2021. The former Auburn Tiger could once again get playing time if Jenkin struggles.