The Jaguars addressed the safety position with the best player available in free agency. Find out what he brings to the team.
Although Malik Jackson is the free agency headliner for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the most productive member of their free agent class may be former Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson.
Gipson represents an immediate upgrade at a position where the Jags were not only the worst in the NFL, but one of the worst in the league in years.
We asked Barry McBride of Orange and Brown Report.com what he thought of the Jaguars new safety.
"During the 2013 and 2014 NFL seasons, only Richard Sherman (12) had more interceptions than Tashaun Gipson (11). 2015 was a different story. Gipson battled through an ankle injury which limited him to 13 games. His interception total dropped to 2, but Cleveland's secondary was a mess all season long. Injuries (and disappointing draft picks) forced players out of position and out of sync.
"Gipson earned his way into the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012. He flourished under defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who referred to Gipson as his 'secret weapon' during training camp. He is a ball-hawking safety that is much better in coverage than run-support. At 5'11" Gipson can have problems with taller tight ends and wide-outs, but his technique is sound. A quarterback does need to put the ball in the right spot. He will be missed in the secondary room."
The Jaguars were fortunate to get the opportunity to get a player like Gipson, as he wanted out of a desperate situation in Cleveland. They can now compete much better on the back end which will allow new defensive coordinator Todd Wash to do more up front with blitzes.