Safety Valve?

The Jaguars appear to have one of the deepest teams in the NFL entering training camp. That said, the team is thin at a few positions and they have an opportunity to address one of those immediately.

As solid as Jacksonville is on both sides of the ball, there is a question at strong safety with Brian Williams likely being transitioned from cornerback where he played the last two seasons in Jacksonville. Although Williams was a physical corner, there are certain questions if he can handle the tackling load at strong safety, as he is just 5'11", 200 lbs.

Backing up Williams will be a competition between Gerald Sensabaugh, who had shoulder surgery a year ago, journeyman Pierson Prioleau, and Jamaal Fudge. Each player has definite question marks associated with them, as does Williams.

A veteran option that the Jaguars may want to consider is former Kansas City Chief, Greg Wesley, who was recently released. Wesley stands 6'2", 208 lbs., and is more of the classic hard-hitting, run stopping type of safety. NFL expert Adam Caplan weighed in on whether or not Wesley would be a solid fit for the Jaguars—

"At this point Wesley is a solid backup. His coverage range is the biggest issue that shows up in tape. He should get a decent amount of interest in free agency but the problem is teams have to be at the 80-limit at the start of camps."


Roughly a year ago, the Jaguars signed another Kansas City castoff named Sammy Knight who ended up starting 15 games for Jacksonville. JagNation asked Warpaint Illustrated columnist C.E. Wendler to give us a scouting report on the eight-year veteran and he was nice enough to oblige.

Wesley is a player who came from a small school (Arkansas Pine Bluff), but was talented enough to be taken in the third-round. He drew early comparisons to Steve Atwater and started as a rookie.

If the guy could get his head on straight he'd be a Pro Bowl player, but he's never shown the focus or mental skills to be what he could have been.

He's still a playmaker, as evidenced by his high number of interceptions and the fact he'll lay the wood every now and then. But lapses in focus mean missed tackles, biting on play-action and just all around inconsistent play.

I'd label him as an average player who will make a big play from time to time because of his talent. He needs to be constantly motivated and coached properly. Last season when he was benched, he hit harder in his limited playing time than in any recent seasons- a good example of what he can do when he's motivated.

He's also had a few nagging injury problems but nothing serious.

Wendler lists Wesley's career highlight as picking off Tom Brady twice in one game, and his lowlight as once getting run over by Browns quarterback Derek Anderson. "I mean (Wesley was) flat run over. It was embarrassing," said the Warpaint Illustrated columnist.

Can Greg Wesley be a solid contributor on the Jaguars, or is his career washed up? I'm not sure, but I believe that it would be beneficial for the team to make a phone call and bring him in for a workout considering the Jaguars current depth or lack there of at safety.


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