1) Contract Year: This is the last year of Johnathan Cyprien's rookie contract. He has not lived up to the potential he was drafted at in 2013. This is a make or break year for him. Plain and simple.
2) Tashaun Gipson: The addition of high value free agent Tashaun Gipson has done wonders for Cyprien so far in training camp. Gipson can play ball hawk while Cyprien comes down in the box closer to the line of scrimmage. This has allowed Cyprien to play a more comfortable role on this new Jags defense. It has already been shown in camp, as Cyprien has been able to pressure Blake Bortles as well as stop the run.
3) Lack of Depth at Safety: The Jags have made a lot of additions to their secondary, but the safety positions are not deep. Cyprien will be heavily relied on to hold down his starting spot at strong safety. If Cyprien goes down, the Jags defense will take a huge blow at the safety position. The responsibility he has for this Jags secondary will only motivate him to become the player he has shown he can be.
4) Physical Prime: Cyprien is only twenty six years old and is entering his physical prime. His best days are not behind him, and he is now at the age where he can play to his highest physical capabilities.null