Jaguars gathering information, doing due diligence after CB Chris Claybrooks arrest

The Jacksonville Jaguars are gather information in lieu of cornerback Chris Claybrooks' July 21 arrest.

Jan 7, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Chris Claybrooks (6).
Jan 7, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Chris Claybrooks (6). / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerback Chris Claybrooks was arrested on July 21 for domestic battery and false imprisonment charges. He was set to appear in court early Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. Following the arrest, the Jacksonville Jaguars released a statement in which they say they're aware of the situation and are currently in the process of gathering information.

"We are aware of the arrest of Chris Claybrooks and are currently in the process of gathering information. We will have no further comment at this time", the statement read.

John Shipley of Sports Illustrated reports that the incident took place on Sept. 22, 2022, and adds that the victim allegedly attempted to leave a residence after getting into an argument with Claybrooks but he physically prevented her from leaving. Earlier this year, Claybrooks faced domestic assault and vandalism charges in Nashville. Ultimately, the charges were dropped. This and the latest incident have no relation.

A seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft, Claybrooks saw significant playing time and made six starts in his first two NFL seasons. However, he was mostly relegated to special teams last year. He's now entering the last year of his rookie year and could face an uphill battle to make the team in 2023 even without taking the latest incident into account.

Jaguars are doing due diligence on Claybrooks and the incident

The Jaguars aren't rushing to make a decision and instead are letting the situation play out. If Claybrooks is indicted, moving on from him will probably become the best course of action. You could argue that he's already been arrested twice this year but the organization is avoiding being reactionary and letting the process play out, just like they did in April in lieu of his first arrest.

The top three spots at cornerback are set, with Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams set to start in the boundaries and Tre Herndon slated to line up in the slot. However, there will be a training camp battle for the remaining spots on the depth chart.

Leaving Claybrooks aside, sophomores Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown will be in the thick of the competition. The same is true for rookies Christian Braswell and Kaleb Hayes, who signed with the Jaguars after being undrafted. Tevaughn Campbell, a late-season acquisition last year could also be competing in training camp.

Until training camp starts, it's hard to tell how the bottom half of the cornerback depth chart will look. Similarly, it's unknown as of this writing if Claybrooks will attend. The organization will most likely share further details in the upcoming days.

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