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Jaguars 2024 state of the roster: Safeties 

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Andre Cisco and company will be tested in 2024.

For the first entry into the defensive side of the state of the roster, we are taking a look at the safeties.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ secondary has drawn a good bit of ire this offseason, as the team has made marginal moves to supplement it. The safeties have only two additions via free agency in Terrell Edmunds and Darnell Savage (who likely will start as a nickel). The safety room also added undrafted free agent in Josh Proctor, after having parted ways with veteran Rayshawn Jenkins.

The Jags will look to a young core to secure up the deep parts of the field, led by Andre Cisco and flanked by 2023 rookie standout Antonio Johnson. Everyone knows what the Jags have in Cisco, but Johnson is a large question mark heading into the 2024 season. There is a ton of youth in this room and teams could easily look to exploit that.

Andre Cisco

Contract: 4 years, $5,236,500. Cap hit of $3,408,091 in 2024. In the final year of contract.

Age: 24 (25 in March).

Games Played: 47 across three seasons with Jacksonville.

Stats: 110 solo tackles, 51 tackle assists. 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles. Seven interceptions, 17 passes broken up.

Notes:

The face of the Jaguars’ secondary, Cisco is the key to how the Jags will defend the pass this upcoming season. Despite Urban Meyers’ best efforts, Cisco has shown he can play, defend and tackle with the best of them. While Edmunds has played the most games out of those in the safety room, Cisco will be the group’s leader, having played the most meaningful snaps with the team in previous seasons. Cisco’s four picks last year were tied for seventh in the league, and the team will need him to do that again. There are question marks in the secondary, but Cisco should not be one of them.

Antonio Johnson

Contract: 4 years, $4,141,832. Cap hit of $990,458 in 2024.

Age: 22 (23 in October).

Games Played: 13 in rookie year.

Stats: 17 total tackles, one forced fumble, one sack, two interceptions.

Notes:

Here is an awful stat: having played just 13 games, and largely just as a slot corner, Johnson led the Jags 2023 rookies in sacks with one. So that’s not good! Moving forward though, Johnson appears to be slated to start as the team’s strong safety in 2024. Johnson was a stud at Texas A&M, appearing on the 2021 All SEC-First Team and the 2022 All SEC-Second Team. He was a rangy defensive back who played all over the field, and will be asked to do so this upcoming season. Johnson can play in the box and out deep, proving to be a good partner to Cisco. With Darnell Savage seemingly primed to play more corner than safety, Johnson should be the guy beside Cisco. His tape was limited last year, having played just 172 snaps, but almost all of them were meaningful.

Andrew Wingard

Contract: 3 years, $9,600,000. Cap hit of $3,370,000 in 2024.

Age: 27 (28 in December).

Games Played: 78 across five seasons in Jacksonville.

Stats: In 2023, 45 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception, two passes defended.

Notes:

The Steelers game was fun while it lasted. Wingard may be a lot of things, but he is a decent football player when his name is called. Playing both special teams and defense, Wingard gives the Jags some good range ability and he has proved to be a ballhawk in the right spots. Dewey’s most important attribute is probably his ability as a glue-guy and a good voice in the locker room. The Jags made an emphasis to flood this year’s locker room with the right people and Wingard is one of those guys you want around. He may not be a game-breaking safety, but you have to admit he is at least fun.

Daniel Thomas

Contract: 2 years, $4,000,000. Cap hit of $1,700,735 in 2024. Dead cap hit of $437,500 if cut after this season.

Age: 25 (26 in July).

Games Played: 56 across four seasons in Jacksonville.

Stats: In 2023, eight tackles on defense as mostly special teamer.

Notes:

More of a special teams ace, Thomas has seen limited action at safety during his NFL days. Thomas normally will come in when the starters are out on defense because his role on the team is as a special teams gunner. He was having a good year for the special teams last season before breaking his arm.

Terrell Edmunds

Contract: 1 year, $1,125,000. Cap hit of $985,000 in 2024.

Age: 27 (28 in January).

Games Played: 95 across seven seasons with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Tennessee.

Stats: 458 career tackles, 7.5 sacks, six interceptions, 28 passes defended.

Notes:

If Savage is to play more corner than anything, Edmunds is the one real addition to the safety room. He has the most experience out of anyone even including Savage and can be a potential veteran replacement for Johnson in the short term if things go sideways there. After five largely productive years as a Steeler, Edmunds played half a season in Philadelphia last year and the other half with Tennessee. Edmunds came to the Titans in the mid-season trade for Kevin Byard, which didn’t particularly work for either team. For what it’s worth, he did have a pick in the season finale against the Jags. He is a solid rotational player, but most importantly provides a veteran presence.

Josh Proctor

Contract: 3 years, $2,845,000. Cap hit of $800,000 for 2024.

Age: 25 (26 in March).

Games Played: Signed as UDFA from Ohio State. Played in 53 games over six seasons.

Stats: One of three five-time lettermen in Ohio State history. 112 tackles, 15 pass break-ups across career. Started 20 total times, 11 times in 2023.

Notes:

A depth piece, the Jags signed Proctor as a UDFA after a long career at Ohio State. He comes into the league old — older than Cisco — but that also comes with experience. He was Honorable Mention All-Big Ten last year as a rotational guy. He ran in the high 4.5s in the 40-yard dash at the combine which is workable. His role starting out, if anything, will be a special teamer.

Erick Hallett ll

Contract: 1 year, $795,000.

Age: 24 (25 in April).

Games Played: None since being drafted in 2023.

Stats: None since being drafted in 2023.

Notes:

After an October hamstring injury, Hallett spent last season on injured reserve and on the practice squad. A rookie out of Pitt in 2023, the Jags took Hallett in the sixth round. He had one interception in the ‘23 preseason against the Miami Dolphins, but his role with the team is a deep depth piece or practice squad player moving forward.

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