The Jacksonville Jaguars have been dinged up at the cornerback position, with Jalen Ramsey just coming off the PUP list, Aaron Colvin remaining on it, and even A.J. Bouye missing a few practices. While the injuries are worrisome, it’s also given vital reps to some players pushing for a roster spot and one of the player’s making the most of those reps is veteran cornerback Tyler Patmon.
“Yes. Yes it does. On defense it does,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone told reporters Monday when asked if Patmon’s production has matched his overall performance on defense. “ What we’ve seen from Tyler, I had a talk with him the other day. We were concerned that, number one, your performance on defense is going well, and what we wanted to make sure of is that we needed a better performance from special teams.”
Patmon has about 8,000 interceptions (roughly) in training camp so far, but in order to fully cement himself on the Jaguars roster he’s going to have to show his worth on special teams.
“That’s what we’re looking for to help him have a better opportunity to make the team,” Marrone continued. “We met the other day and he’s really picked it up these last two days on special teams, so now it’s very simple for me, like I said for other players, to say, ‘He’s in a position now to do everything he can to make this team.’ He’s making plays and that’s when we talk about the results.”
The Jaguars are the sixth stop for the 26-year-old cornerback in his NFL career so far, spending the majority of his time with the Dallas Cowboys, even starting a handful of games as the team’s nickel corner, a position he’s likely going to backup (or start if Colvin remains on PUP) if/when he makes the Jaguars roster.
Player’s like Patmon are what can make training camp so fun, a player coming seemingly out of nowhere that people thought was just a camp body forcing their way on to the roster.