AFC South: Gerlad Alexander

Adam Schefter reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have shipped safety Reggie Nelson to the Cincinnati Bengals for cornerback David Jones.

The Jaguars have to be thrilled to get something for Nelson, whom they drafted with the 21st pick of the 2007 draft.

His game deteriorated the last two years, and although he made some strides in trying to fortify a roster position, he’d lost the team’s faith despite few quality alternatives. The biggest issue: He’s either unwilling or unable to tackle.

Jacksonville is likely to shop the waiver wire for at least one safety and the starters at both spots are not set.

Jones was a fifth-round draft pick by New Orleans in 2007 out of Wingate but didn’t stick with the Saints and was a waiver acquisition by the Bengals. He played in 33 games with seven starts in Cincinnati.

While Gerald Alexander tweeted that defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison is gone, the Jaguars are not expected to announce their cuts until later Saturday night.
JACKSONVILLE. Fla. -- Some thoughts from the Jaguars’ first of two minicamp practices Sunday:

  • I like the idea of guard Vince Manuwai flipped to the right side, playing beside tackle Eben Britton. Put the two best run-blocking offensive linemen next to each other, get fullback Marcedes Lewis over there, bring fullback Greg Jones that way and run Maurice Jones-Drew behind them all. Dare people to stop it. Make it your bread and butter, your meat and potatoes, whatever food comparison you like to use in such situations.
  • Right now, it’s hard to say a dynamic playmaker is emerging from the receiving corps behind Mike Sims-Walker. And this is the time of year -- with no pads and no hits -- that receivers usually shine. Sims-Walker made some nice catches but also had a bad drop and a bobble. David Garrard remains inconsistent at delivering the ball to the right spots, so that’s a factor. Troy Williamson and Mike Thomas look to rank pretty high.
  • Sticking with receiver, Kassim Osgood looks the part with his height and build, but just doesn’t look natural or comfortable. He’s uncertain coming out of breaks and not crisp. He seems to have a high-step built into his gait and he lacks the sort of smoothness you want in a receiver. Sideline talk among informed observers says the verdict is already in: the free-agent addition from San Diego is strictly an excellent special-teamer.
  • There was some early excitement over Trevor Harris, an undrafted rookie quarterback from Edinboro, where Gene Smith spent some time early in his career when he coached. Harris appears strong and confident, but doesn’t bring an NFL arm.
  • Reggie Nelson, who worked with the second string Saturday was with Gerald Alexander with the starting defense Sunday. Yes, if the revamped defensive line brings significantly more pressure than last year’s unit, all the defensive backs will have an easier time. Even so, the Jaguars have major issues at safety no matter who they put there. Sean Considine got destroyed by Ernest Wilford on one deep ball when he was in excellent position to make a play. Wilford took advantage of him, made the catch and ran to the end zone while Considine spun around and looked absolutely confused, failing to pursue.

Sharper to Jags a great idea

April, 28, 2010
My gut reaction to Darren Sharper visiting Jacksonville Wednesday: He’d be perfect.

Here is Adam Schefter’s report.

Reggie Nelson is sinking, and if his last chance comes with some mentoring from Sharper, that would be great. Gerald Alexander, Sean Considine and Anthony Smith, one scout recently told me, don’t qualify as starting-caliber NFL safeties.

Teams seem scared to death of veteran players, and if age catches up to Sharper all of a sudden this season, a team that signs him will be second-guessed.

Not here, not if it's Jacksonville. He’ll turn 35 in November, but he’d be the right chance to take at the right price.

The Jaguars didn't draft an answer at safety. If the Jags add Sharper after adding Aaron Kampman as a free agent and Kirk Morrison by trade, Gene Smith is saying he knows the team’s troubles can’t be solved entirely by youth, no matter how draft-centric they want to be.

Dallas is lurking. Jacksonville should get this done before Sharper leaves North Florida.

Here is an evaluation of Sharper as a Jaguar from Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.:
"Assuming he is okay medically, I would say that he is a tremendous fit. They could still keep Nelson, but sit him on the bench and hopefully he would learn from a guy like Sharper. Sharper is no longer a high end free safety athlete, but you have to think that Jax's pass rush is improved. And due to Sharper's age, spelling him from time to time with Nelson would make sense. I get the feeling that their secondary could really use a veteran leader like Sharper and obviously he brings much more playmaking and ball hawking ability to the position than they have had for some time -- if he is healthy and hasn't lost any further athletic ability that is."