The Jacksonville Jaguars have almost an entirely new secondary featuring five rookies who were taken in last month’s NFL Draft, so adding a veteran presence in the locker room who has a familiarity with Gus Bradley’s defensive system makes a whole lot of sense.
So it should come as no surprise that the Jaguars are bringing in veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant for a visit on Tuesday. Trufant has spent his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks, and has played for Bradley the last four seasons.
The Jaguars are not returning any of the cornerbacks that played significant snaps last season outside of slot guy Mike Harris, and the only veteran with any significant experience currently on the roster is Alan Ball. New Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has totally re-tooled the secondary this offseason and there are a lot of young, inexperienced pieces that would benefit from Trufant’s presence.
Trufant has only played in a limited role for the Seahawks over the past two seasons, mostly in the slot coverage role, but with the limited amount of experience currently on the Jaguars roster he could compete for some significant playing time in 2013. If Trufant is able to come in and play well, he would also take some pressure off of the rookies on the Jaguars roster to make a significant impact before they are ready to get on the field. Remember outside of Ball and third-round pick Dwayne Gratz, the rest of the Jaguars additions at cornerback came in the seventh round of the draft or in college free agency.
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