Johnathan Cyprien poised for a breakout year?

Sam Greenwood

Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien had an up and down rookie season, but his second half of 2013 could be foreshadowing what's to come in 2014.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are largely still in rebuild mode, but in the 2014 season there are a few of their young players who could be poised to breakout and establish themselves as top flight NFL starters. One such player is former second-round pick safety Johnathan Cyprien.

Cyprien had an up and down start to the season his rookie year, missing a lot of training camp with an injury, and clearly looked like he was swimming early on. He blew a few coverages and missed some tackles on bad angles, leading quite a few people to worry about him making the jump from FIU to the NFL, but something clicked in the second half of the season and there was a clear difference.

If you follow ProFootballFocus at all, you would have noticed that Cyprien ended the season with negative grade of -17.4, which on the surface is a bit concerning, but that's mostly reflective of the first half of the season more so than his season as a whole.

Through the first eight games of the season Cyprien didn't grade out positively for a single game and cumulatively had a grade of -19.4, predominantly weighted by poor pass coverage grades. Something seemed to click after the bye week however, as Cyprien's grades at PFF drastically changed.

The final seven games of the season cumulatively Cyprien graded out with a +1.9 overall with his coverage rating drastically improving. It's possible the Jaguars changed things up defensively, but it's more likely that Cyprien settled into his role in the scheme and the game slowed down for him.

If that trend continues for the 2014 season, Cyprien should be poised for a nice season, especially with the Jaguars beefing up their defensive line.

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