Secondary Turning Into Strength For Jacksonville Jaguars

By Joey Farbo

It was only two years ago that the Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

That memory seems to be a distant one after the free agent moves the Jaguars have made this offseason to strengthen their secondary.

The Jaguars were successful in re-signing starting cornerback Rashean Mathis and free safety Dwight Lowery to new deals and they also added veteran cornerback Aaron Ross from the New York Giants to help add some quality depth at the position.

Last season the Jaguars depth at the cornerback position was tested with injuries to Mathis and the other starter Derek Cox. Now the Jaguars have insurance at the position if the injury bug decides to bite again.

With the addition of Ross, cornerback may turn into one of the more interesting training camp position battles this summer.

New Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union that Mathis and Ross would be entering an open competition at training camp for the starting cornerback spot opposite Cox.

On paper the competition seems to favor Ross, who was a starter for the Super Bowl champion Giants last season, over Mathis who is coming off of a torn ACL. However, Mathis was playing his best football in years last season before he injured his knee.

Unlike Mathis, however, Ross can play several spots in the secondary. Ross has experience at both outside cornerback positions as well as at the nickel corner and at free safety.

So it appears that for the first time in years, secondary is not one of the Jaguars major concerns entering a season.

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