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Perry Fewell: Jaguars secondary wasn’t as ‘good as we could have been’

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The Jacksonville Jaguars secondary was very, very, very good last year. I don’t know if it will hit us just how good until years later, but allowing just 169.9 yards per game through the air is an incredible feat — the next best was the Minnesota Vikings allowing 192.4 yards per game.

Only the 2009 New York Jets (153.7 yards per game) and 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers (156.9 yards per game) have done better since 2004.

But Jaguars defensive backs coach Perry Fewell still sees room for improvement, especially in the middle downs when a tweak here or there is the difference between third-and-short and third-and-long.

“We always want to get better and improve. I think that on first and second down, we can be a lot better. I think second down, we weren’t as good as we could have been. Sometimes when we had a two-score lead, we didn’t play as tight a coverage as we could have played. Just shoring up some of the little things like, ‘Hey, we have to have that killer instinct. We have to tighten up.’ Even in second-and-15, we have to tighten up our coverage. We have to be more focused. Those are some of the little things that we have been trying to get better at as well as technique.”

With newly signed D.J. Hayden settling into his role as the slot cornerback and the other four players in Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Barry Church, and Tashaun Gipson all returning, could the Jaguars do even better than they did last year?