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Newly signed safety Chris Harris has a chance to start for the Jaguars on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran safety Chris Harris on Monday, given the injuries to Dwight Lowery and Dawan Landry at the position. Prior to Harris' workout with the Jaguars last week, he had had no workouts with other teams and says he's still got plenty of play left.
"I think I’ve got more gas in the tank. I’m not on ‘E’ by any means," Harris told the Florida Times-Union. "I would definitely say my strength is playing in the box [close to the line of scrimmage]. I like to consider myself a physical player, and I think I can still play physical football."
Harris may get a chance to prove he can still play on Sunday, if he can pick up the defense quickly.
"I’m going to give him a couple of days here and just to get his feet wet here today," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said at a press conference on Monday. "We just signed him this morning but he’s got a chance."
I would have to think if Harris show's he's got the base defense down during the week, he would get the nod over second-year safety Chris Prosinski, who's shown a knack for missing tackles despite playing only a handful of snaps each week. Harris could potentially stick on the roster for the season as well, given how much the Jaguars like to run a 3-safety package on defense.