by Cole Pepper
Late last year, Jaguars safety Dwight Lowery looked at, shook his head, and said “something’s gotta change.”
He was talking about the Jaguars losing, but he may as well have been talking about his position group, the safeties.
When opening day arrives, Lowery and middle linebacker Paul Posluszny could be the only Jaguars on defense starting at the same position as a year ago.
Gone from the Jaguars defensive backfield is Dewan Landry, who started at strong safety in 2012. Rookie second-round pick Johnathan Cyprien is expected to start in Landry’s place. Cyprien met with rave reviews in the off-season mini-camp and OTAs. He has a reputation as a physical safety. At the risk of sounding pessimistic, let’s see what happens when he puts the pads on. Reggie Nelson also came out of college as a physical player and was a disappointing first round pick for the Jaguars.
The Jaguars also spent a sixth round pick on a safety, Josh Evans from Florida. He is expected to compete for a backup spot at free safety.
One veteran on the bubble is Chris Prosinski. The former draft pick from Wyoming has struggled when he’s been pushed into extensive work and most will expect that he’ll be a training camp casualty, but now in his third year, Prosinski could still be a factor.
Other newcomers who will compete for roster spots include Chris Banjo, Steven Terrell and, depending on the new coaches decide to use him, Antwon Blake.
By the time the dust settles and the final cuts are made, I suspect that Dwight Lowery is going to be spending a lot of time playing the role of chaperon for all of the young players who will be in the safety meetings.
Projected Jaguars Depth Chart: