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Winston Guy emerging into Jaguars playmaker

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The Jaguars claimed Winston Guy on waivers last year, but he's inserted himself as a playmaker in the secondary.

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars safety Winston Guy had arguably the play of the game when he picked off Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown and ran it back over 60 yards for a touchdown Friday night. It's been something Guy has seemed to have a knack for lately and if it continues will just further strengthen the secondary.

"Anytime you score on defense, it doesn’t just boost the secondary, it boosts the whole defense," Jaguars defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker told reporters on Monday. "It was really good for him because he definitely has improved. He’s buying into some things. It’s good to see him have some success."

Guy joined the Jaguars last season on waivers after being released by the Seattle Seahawks. He played in all 14 games, starting two, but really started to make an impact late last season. He eventually began to take snaps away from then-rookie Josh Evans and has now seemingly cemented himself as the team's starting safety opposite Johnathan Cyprien.

It seems "buying in" has gone a long way for Guy.

"The process, not trying to become an all-pro player in year one," Walker said when asked about what Guy has bought into. "There’s definitely a process: learn the defense, tackling, technique. All of the things that really help players play at a level that’s expected from them."

Through training camp Guy has been in position to make big plays, had tackling been allowed, and might have racked up a couple FedEx slips, but that's a good thing. He brings a physical presence the Jaguars haven't had in the back seven for a while. With Guy and Cyprien patrolling the secondary, the defense could be in for a big year.