2013 Jacksonville Jaguars training camp preview: Safety


Like the cornerback position, the Jacksonville Jaguars safety position will for the most part be entirely new. Dwight Lowery and Chris Prosinski are the only two remaining players from the backfield in 2012, but only Lowery is likely to see significant playing time. The rest of the lot are some promising rookies and draft picks.

The Players

Dwight Lowery
Ht 5-11 Wt: 212
Age: 27 Exp: 6
Start of Camp Status: Starter, No. 1 deep safety

Lowery is the returning veteran starter at the safety position and in the new predominantly Cover-3 scheme that Gus Bradley likes to run, Lowery is likely to be the deep safety in coverage. He joined the Jaguars in 2011 in a trade from the New York Jets and has been an impact player when he can stay on the field. The biggest issues Lowery faces are staying healthy and consistency, as sometimes he can disappear from games and fins himself out of position, but he's also got a knack for making big plays late in games.

Camp Outlook: Outside of being a cap casualty ($3.875M cap hit), which is unlikely, Lowery should be a starter in the Jaguars secondary as the deep cover safety but will be pushed by Josh Evans.

Johnathan Cyprien
Ht 6-0 Wt: 217
Age: 23 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Starter, No. 1 box safety

Johnathan Cyprien began to generate a lot of buzz at the 2013 Senior Bowl, especially when people began to watch his tape from his final season at FIU. Thought to be a first round pick by many, he was selected by the Jaguars with the No. 33 overall pick and immediately made his presence felt in coverage in mini-camp and OTA practices.

Camp Outlook: Cyprien is currently slotted as being the box safety in Gus Bradley's defense, and barring anything disastrous should hold on to it rather easily.

Josh Evans
Ht 6-0 Wt: 205
Age: 22 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Primary backup, both positions

Evans was selected by the Jaguars in the sixth-round of the draft, even though the team apparently had a third-round grade on the Florida Gators safety. He had an up and down career with the Gators, but really came on his final season running a defense very similar to what Bradley runs.

Camp Outlook: Evans should enter training camp as the primary backup safety at both positions, showing the versatility to play deep and in the box, but could push Dwight Lowery as the starter.

Chris Prosinski
Ht 6-1 Wt: 208
Age: 26 Exp: 3
Start of Camp Status: Backup, deep safety

Everyone's favorite hurdle Chris Prosinski is back, after dealing with injuries and disappointing performances on the field early in his career, he will be in a fight to make the Jaguars roster going forward. Due to his speed and athleticism, it's likely Prosinski will be playing the deep safety role on the Jaguars defense.

Camp Outlook: Prosinski enters camp on the bubble as a backup deep safety and special teamer, but if his tackling issues continue during the preseason, he could be on the chopping block.

Chris Banjo
Ht 5-10 Wt: 204
Age: 23 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Backup, deep safety

Chris Banjo was signed by the Jaguars after he was given a tryout during the team's rookie minicamp. Originally entering the 2012 Draft, Banjo went undrafted and tried out for both the Steelers and Raiders before finding himself out of football for a year.

Camp Outlook: Banjo has already made enough of an impression that the Jaguars signed him off a tryout, so he's got a shot to make the roster if he can contribute at both safety and on special teams.

Steven Terrell
Ht 5-10 Wt: 193
Age: 22 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Backup safety

Terrell didn't have a lot of hype coming out of Texas A&M but he turned some heads at the Raycom All-Star Game and found himself signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. He's know as a speedy, hard-hitting safety.

Camp Outlook: Outside of the top three safeties on the Jaguars the position is wide open, so Terrell has a great chance of making the final roster if he can impress the coaching staff and contribute on special teams.

Note: Some players I haven't covered in either corner or safety, such as Antwon Blake and Marcus Burley who are listed simply as "DB", because I'm not sure what position they're actually playing.

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