Since becoming the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has brought a slew of his former Seattle defenders to Jacksonville. One of those former Seahawks who has been overlooked, at least until now, is free safety Winston Guy.
After a successful collegiate career for the Kentucky Wildcats, Guy was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was active for just two games during his rookie season, playing mostly on special teams. With no room for playing time in Seattle’s Legion of Boom, Guy was waived following the 2013 preseason and quickly scooped up by the Jaguars.
The 6-foot-1, 218-pound Guy had a slow start to his Jaguars’ career, but came on strong late last season. After hardly seeing the field in his first eight weeks with the team, Guy posted 28 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the team’s final eight games. Along the way he developed a reputation as a fierce hitter.
By the looks of it, Guy has carried his late season momentum well into the offseason in the hopes of earning a starting job in the young Jaguars’ secondary. He was expected to compete with fellow free safety Josh Evans, but that battle has not come to fruition. Evans, a sixth-round pick in 2013, missed all of the team’s offseason activities while recovering from foot surgery. With Evans forced to sit out, Guy has taken advantage of the extra repetitions and was listed as the starting free safety in the Jaguars’ first unofficial depth chart released Monday.
With the Jaguars modeling their defense after the Seahawks, the coaching staff envisions the 24-year-old Guy in a role similar to that of Seattle safety Earl Thomas, a hard-hitting defender with the ability to roam the back end of the defense. This would allow the Jaguars to play emerging safety Johnathan Cyprien closer to the line of scrimmage where he is more effective.
It should come as no surprise that Guy currently sits atop the Jaguars’ depth chart. As one of Bradley’s many Seattle connections that have made their way to the Southeast, Guy brings a level of familiarity and physicality that is a staple of Bradley’s defense. It is safe to say that nobody is overlooking the third-year safety anymore.