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2012 Jaguars Training Camp Preview: Cornerback

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May 6, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Mike Harris (34) works out during rookie mini camp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
May 6, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Mike Harris (34) works out during rookie mini camp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

The Jacksonville Jaguars report for training camp on July 26 with practices beginning July 27. An area for the Jaguars that will be interesting to pay attention to is the cornerback position. While Derrick Cox should have a starting position locked up, he's struggled to stay healthy for his short career. He still should start, but opposite Cox will be a battle between two veterans in Rashean Mathis and Aaron Ross.

Ross will miss a few days watching his wife compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but it shouldn't be enough time to remove him from the competition. Mathis still has to get on the field, but if he's 100 percent, he'll likely be the team's other starting cornerback with Ross moving to the inside at nickel. That's not really a bad thing for Ross either, as some of his best time in the NFL has come at that position. After the top three, you'll have a battle for a back end roster spot between guys like fifth-round pick Mike Harris, William Middleton, T.J. Heath, and Kevin Rutland.