No. 3 Jaguars player whose stock rose this summer: Andre Cisco, S
Safety Andre Cisco was a ballhawk in college. Back at Syracuse, he logged 13 interceptions and 14 passes defensed in 24 games, so it’s fair to say that he might have been a first-round pick in last year’s draft if he hadn’t torn his ACL in 2020. But he did get hurt, which led to his slide to the third round, where the Jaguars picked him.
Cisco went on to have a solid training camp and managed to stay healthy. He then got the highest Pro Football Focus grade among rookie safeties in the preseason but started on the bench, with the coaching staff giving the starting nod to Andrew Wingard. Cisco didn’t get much playing on defense until Wingard was out. He took advantage of the opportunity and showcased his game-changing skills.
In three starts, the former Orangeman forced two fumbles and snagged an interception against the New York Jets. Looking back, it’s kind of puzzling that the Jaguars didn’t give Cisco the chance to play more in his rookie season. On the bright side, it doesn’t look like the current regime will make the same mistake.
Cisco got most of the first-team reps in training camp and will tentatively start against the Washington Commanders in Week 1. With one year of experience under his belt and fully healthy, the New York native should make a significant leap in Year 2. Then again, it may not be as big as the one the next player on the list will make.