Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarius Byrd

Free-agency series: Safeties

March, 7, 2014
Here is the last of a 10-part series breaking down the Jaguars’ free-agency needs, position by position:


Who’s on the roster: Johnathan Cyprien, Josh Evans, Winston Guy and Chris Prosinski.

Analysis: It’s early, but the Jaguars appear to have hit a home run with Cyprien, whom they took in the second round in last year’s draft. They took him because they wanted a physical safety who would be a factor close to the line of scrimmage, but he turned out to be better in pass coverage than they anticipated. Evans got on the field earlier than anticipated because of an injury to Dwight Lowery and really wasn’t ready to play that much that soon. He fought through, and after rotating in the second half of the season with Guy, seemed to settle down in the final few games. Guy is a big hitter who needs to be more consistent in coverage. Prosinski is a special-teams player who will struggle to make the team in 2014.

NFL free agents of interest: Antoine Bethea, Chris Clemons and Jairus Byrd.

Need meter: 3. The Jaguars wouldn’t mind adding some depth here but it’s not a position of immediate need in 2014. The coaching staff is excited about Cyprien’s potential and between Guy and Evans the other safety spot should not be a liability. The Jaguars could get interested in some of the safeties if they remain on the market and their price comes down, but I don’t see the team making this position a priority in free agency.

Get to know the Buffalo Bills

December, 10, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills aren't exactly heading to Jacksonville on a roll.

They have lost five of their last six games and have scored more than 17 points just once in the last five games.

The Jaguars, however, do have momentum. They’ve won four of the last five games, including three in a row.

Something will have to give when the teams square off at EverBank Field on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on CBS.

Here’s a look at the Bills:

Record: 4-9.
Last week: lost to Tampa Bay Oakland 27-6.
Coach: Doug Marrone, first season (4-9).
Offensive coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett.
Defensive coordinator: Mike Pettine.
Series record: tied 6-6.


QB EJ Manuel: The rookie quarterback from Florida State has had good days and some terrible days. Last Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay was one of the latter. He completed 18 of 33 passes and threw four interceptions in the loss to the Bucs.

RB C.J. Spiller: Spiller and Fred Jackson share the workload and both have similar numbers. Spiller has 149 carries for 678 yards while Jackson has 157 carries for 645 yards. Jackson has more touchdowns (7-2) but Spiller is more explosive (seven runs of 20 or more yards). However, Spiller is a bit of a feast or famine back. He’s had four games this season in which he has averaged 2 or fewer yards per carry.

TE Scott Chandler: He has 43 receptions for 515 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also averaging 12.0 yards per catch, which is better than receiver Stevie Johnson (51 catches, 593 yards, 11.6 yards per catch).


LB Kiko Alonso: The Bills’ second-round pick out of Oregon is one of the leading candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year. He leads the Bills in tackles (131) and interceptions (four) and also has two sacks for a defense that ranks sixth against the pass and 15th overall in the NFL.

DE Mario Williams: He’s having one of his better years as a pass-rusher. He is third in the NFL with 12.0 sacks, which is the second-highest total in his career and just two sacks shy of his career-best 14.0 sacks in 2007 for the Houston Texans.

DT Marcell Dareus: He’s one of the better defensive players that most people don’t know about because he plays for a team that’s not on television much. Dareus has seven sacks, three pass deflections, and 60 tackles


Marrone had the captains speak to the team following the loss to the Bucs. He also allowed anyone else who wanted to say a few words to speak as well. … Marrone also said after the Tampa Bay loss that the team is scaling back the offense a bit for Manuel. They feel they may have been giving too much in the game plan and thinning that out will help Manuel become more effective. ... S Jairus Byrd has four interceptions this season and 22 in his career, which puts him 10th on the Bill's all-time list.