The Jacksonville Jaguars finished 2014 ranked 22nd against the pass. There are many reasons for that which stem from an inconsistent pass rush, the inability to cover tight ends, but most of all, the Jaguars safeties were far too often out of position.
General manager Dave Caldwell addressed the safety position by signing former Colts safety Sergio Brown as well as drafting former Louisville star James Sample in the fourth round.
"I can't wait to go out there and do the real thing with him," Jaguars safety Jonathan Cyprien said of playing with Sergio Brown. "We had a great time during OTAs and also minicamp and I can't wait to see what everybody can do with their pads on."
The team is hoping to improve upon a pretty jarring statistic from last season. Jaguars safeties had 0 interceptions. The only other team that was shut out was the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"We want to get our hands on these balls, not only interceptions, but also pass break-ups," Jaguars safety Jonathan Cyprien said regarding the lack of turnovers. "More interceptions than pass break ups, hopefully, even though that's kind of out there, but we definitely want to get our hands on the ball. We understand in this league, to be elite, they count these interceptions, no matter how many other positives you do, so we're going to go out there and to be the best, we have to do that, and that's what we'll do."
The combination of Jonathan Cyprien and Sergio Brown (expected starters) aren't nearly as talented as Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. It's pretty much understood that those guys are very special. The Jaguars don't need Cyp and Brown to become superstars, they need them to be functional.
"I understand that there are expectations for myself, just as there are for the entire defense," Cyprien said. "I understand what is expected, so you don't want to think of it as pressure too much, you just want to go out there and do what you know you're capable of. I expect big plays of out myself and going forward I just want to make sure I push forward to get those."
A good pass rush will certainly help the secondary collect more turnovers, and there's no guarantee that the team will have that. With Chris Clemons' status up in the air as well as Sen'Derrick Marks, the Jaguars will need guys like Ryan Davis and Andre Branch to step up. Still, the potential combination of Cyprien and Brown, along with the addition of Sample should be an improvement on it's own.
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