The preseason gives coaching staffs the opportunity to evaluate the roster. Similarly, some players have the chance to either move up the depth chart or make the team. Although the Jacksonville Jaguars lost 24-13 to the Cleveland Browns, there were some positive things. Also, a few players saw their stock rise.
Conversely, there were a handful of players that didn’t do much when they were given a chance. With that in mind, here are three Jaguars whose stock is falling following Week 1 of the preseason.
3. Jaguars players whose stock is falling: Rudy Ford, S
Mostly a special teams ace throughout his career, safety Rudy Ford saw significant playing time for the Jaguars last year, filling in for Tre Herndon in the slot. The former Auburn Tiger ended up making a career-high four starts and logged his first NFL interception.
With the Jaguars signing Darious Williams in free agency and bringing back Herndon, Ford might see playing time mostly on special teams in 2022. Against the Browns, he committed two penalties (offensive holding and unnecessary roughness) and missed a tackle.
Ford stepped in when he was called upon last season but he could become a roster casualty in 2022. Andre Cisco and Rayshawn Jenkins are set to be the Jaguars’ starting safeties in Week 1 of the regular season. On the other hand, Daniel Thomas and Andrew Wingard figure to be the top backups at the position.
There are two weeks left in the preseason, so Ford has a chance to bounce back and impress the coaching staff. Still, he shouldn’t take his roster spot for granted.