Marlon McCree has prototypical free safety size, as he is 5'11", 204 lbs., and is 32 years old. McCree is a native of Port Orange, FL, and attended Atlantic High School, before attending the University of Kentucky. McCree was a seventh-round pick of the Jaguars in 2001 and was let go after playing just two games for then new head coach Jack Del Rio in 2003.
Expert analysis from Michael Lombardo of sdboltreport.com:
Marlon McCree is a much better addition in the locker room than on the field. He is a renowned leader who earned heaps of praise for teaching San Diego's younger DBs not just how to play the game, but more importantly, how to prepare for the game. He taught the youngsters how to get the most out of film sessions, how to prepare their minds and bodies for games, etc. He really personifies the "quarterback of the defense" cliche.
Unfortunately, McCree is a giant liability in coverage. He has severely limited range; he's slow to read and react; and he has zero recovery speed. In San Diego, he was beaten deep far too often for someone who's supposed to be the last line of defense.
He's pretty solid against the run, but he's not a big hitter and won't force fumbles or intimidate opposing players. Basically, if he's on the field, it means your safety corps has been stripped.
For your Florida sports fans, McCree reminds me a little bit of Orlando Magic center Adonal Foyle. He's good to have in the clubhouse and the community, and he makes the team's other players better by the way he practices and prepares, but the last thing you want is to see him in action during an important moment.
McCree will always be remembered in San Diego for his bumbled play in the AFC Divisional playoffs in 2006, when he intercepted a fourth-down pass against the New England Patriots late in the game, only to fumble it away and give Tom Brady & Co. a fresh set of downs. The Pats went on to score and pull off the upset (this was the year the Chargers were 14-2 and Super Bowl favorites).
What can he do for the Jaguars?
Marlon McCree will add some competition at a safety position that currently features Reggie Nelson, Sean Considine, and a bunch of undrafted rookies. McCree is valuable in the fact he can play both safety positions, but if he wins the starting job, the Jaguars will likely have problems.
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