Scouting the Jaguars New Safety

The Jaguars signed veteran safety Pierson Prioleau to a free agent contract. Prioleau will serve as depth for a Jaguars team that features just three true safeties, in former first-round pick Reggie Nelson, Gerald Sensabaugh, and Jamaal Fudge. To get the full scouting report on Prioleau, click here...

Anyone can look up stats and find out that Pierson Prioleau is a 30-year old safety that measures in at 5'11", 188 lbs., and has played for three teams in nine NFL seasons (San Francisco, Buffalo, and Washington). Proleau's best year was in 2002 with the Buffalo Bills (while playing under current Jaguars defensive coordinator Gregg Williams) when he started all 16 games, registered 89 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 passes defensed. Last season under Gregg Williams at Washington, Prioleau started four games for the Redskins while registering 45 tackles. In his 10-year career, Prioleau has played in 113 games, starting 47 of them, posted 287 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 14 passes defensed, and 1 interception.

What kind of player is Pierson Prioleau? JagNation asked George Lafoon, who is the Washington Redskins team expert for at the Warpath. George has covered Prioleau for the last three seasons, and here's what he had to say--

"Pierson Prioleau is a versatile, but physically limited safety. He has experience at both safety spots as well as special teams. He can play either safety spot in the defense decently, but not well enough to be considered an every day starter. He occasionally takes bad angles at receivers after they catch the ball and are on the run and is not a ball hawking type of Safety. Where he would be best utilized is at Strong Safety as an "extra linebacker" in the box. Another good thing for the Jags is his knowledge of the Gregg Williams scheme having played for Gregg for six total years between Buffalo and Washington."

Will Pierson Prioleau make the Jaguars final roster? At this point it's very tough to say. There are some physically talented undrafted rookies that will be fighting for spots in the Jaguars secondary, but Jack Del Rio may feel more comfortable with a veteran in the defensive backfield, even if it is just for depth. Last season the team kept then 34-year old strong safety Sammy Knight, and he ended up starting 15 games for the Jaguars, mainly due to a season-ending injury to Gerald Sensabaugh. Prioleau will have every opportunity to earn a roster spot in Jacksonville, but he will likely have to make a special teams contribution to find himself receiving a paycheck from Wayne Weaver.

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