Safety Options

Everyone is aware by now of the fact that first round draft pick Reggie Nelson injured his ankle (not his Achilles, like some have speculated) in Saturday night's preseason game against Tampa Bay.

We are likely to find out more information on his injury Monday, and everyone is looking forward to a timetable for Nelson's possible return. It appears that Nelson will be done for at least the rest of the preseason, and his absence could extend into the regular season, where the players and teams aren't judged by effort, but what reads on the scoreboard. In the event that the former Gator misses some regular season time, we at JagNation have examined some possible replacement scenarios.

Scenario #1- Gerald Sensabaugh moves to free safety, Sammy Knight plays strong safety. Although Sammy Knight has been a Jaguar for a little longer than a week, he is a capable veteran who can learn the system fairly quickly. Knight is a pure strong safety and he doesn't possess the speed to cover sideline to sideline. Sensabaugh is a quicker safety, and he would be much better suited at the free safety position than Knight.

Scenario #2- Gerald Sensabaugh moves to free safety, Jamaal Fudge plays strong safety. Jamaal Fudge is having a very solid preseason, and some may contend that he deserves a starting opportunity. Fudge will likely get that chance in the final two preseason games, and we'll see if he's up to the task, especially Thursday against Green Bay. Since Sensabaugh is the quicker, more experienced guy, he would be a better candidate at free safety yet again.

Scenario #3- Brian Williams moves to free safety, Dee Webb/Scott Starks/Terry Cousin starts at cornerback. This scenario sounds like somewhat of a stretch, but Williams has played safety before when he was with the Vikings, and the Jaguars were entertaining thoughts of moving him there when they were interested in drafting Darrelle Revis. Whomever wins the battle of nickel corner (Webb, Starks, or Cousin) could start opposite Rashean Mathis at cornerback.

At this point all of JagNation is hoping for a swift, speedy recovery for Reggie Nelson, but that may not be the case. Pending on how much time he misses, one of these three scenarios are likely to be employed by defensive coordinator Mike Smith, and the rest of the Jaguars.

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