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Jaguars CB Picasso Nelson, Jr. on interception: ‘They ran it a lot in film last year, I knew it was coming’

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The most encouraging thing from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles had to be the young cornerbacks. Head coach Doug Marrone said as much during his postgame press conference and the key four — Breon Borders, Tre Herndon, Tae Hayes, and Picasso Nelson, Jr. — combined for eight tackles, six passes defended, and an interception.

But it was Nelson who got the interception.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were driving deep in their own territory. They called a screen pass after a first down penalty backed them up even further. The ball is snapped and you can see Nelson react immediately, as if he knew it was going to be a screen to a certain receiver.

Turns out, he did.

“Oh yeah, they ran a screen play and they ran it a lot in film last year and I saw the formation [on tape], saw how three was standing. I knew it was coming, so I was just tricking on the play, had good leverage, and I was able to make the play.”

That’s the kind of depth we have at the cornerback position. There are four guys who could all take the last two spots behind Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and D.J. Hayden. Those cuts are going to be tough in the next few weeks.