3. Andre Cisco wil beat Andrew Wingard for the starting job at SS
Even though Andre Cisco didn’t play much in his rookie year, he did well enough to make observers wonder why he didn’t have a bigger role on the Jags’ defense. It’s possible that the coaching staff wanted to bring him along slowly or maybe they thought Andrew Wingard was the better option of the two. But regardless of the reason, Cisco should’ve gotten more snaps last year.
The former Syracuse Orangeman had a productive training camp and finished the preseason with the highest Pro Football Focus overall rating among rookie safeties. However, that wasn’t enough, at least in the eyes of the coaching staff, to hand him a starting job. He was relegated to special teams for most of the year and only got a chance to start when Wingard was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list.
There’s a new regime in place, one that doesn’t have an attachment to the players that were on the roster last season. This means that both Cisco and Wingard will have a clean slate but the former will quickly separate himself from the veteran and claim the starting job.
It’s true that “Dewey” has snagged three interceptions over the last two years. However, he misses tackles at an alarming rate and his struggles against the run are a cause for concern. Meanwhile, Cisco hasn’t reached his ceiling yet and would be an upgrade at strong safety.
Cisco is the more athletic player of the two and showed in college the ability to create turnovers. This will help him enter the 2022 regular season as one of Jacksonville’s starting safeties.