Wednesday, January 8, 2014
RTC: Caldwell happy with secondary
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars general manager David Caldwell isn't likely to make the secondary a high priority in the upcoming draft. He addressed that group in last year's draft and with free agents and he's happy with the development, writes Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.
"Three of the four starters were rookies [and] I expect them to all take a big jump next year," Caldwell said.
Caldwell drafted safety Johnathan Cyprien in the second round, cornerback Dwayne Gratz in the third, and safety Josh Evans in the sixth. He also added cornerback Alan Ball last March and cornerback Will Blackmon in August. They combined to start 48 games in 2013. Cyprien and Ball started 15 games each.
The group certainly has room to improve. The Jaguars finished 25th in the NFL in pass defense (247.6 yards per game) and allowed opponents to complete 64.2 percent of their passes for 29 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. The secondary managed only six interceptions.
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