The Jacksonville Jaguars finished near the bottom of the league where most analysts expected them in 2013, but the team’s general manager Dave Caldwell was excited with the potential that he saw — specifically in the secondary.
Last season, a majority of the reps in the secondary went to cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz and Alan Ball and safeties Johnathan Cyprien and Josh Evans and now the Jaguars GM expects the team to take some big steps forward in the offseason and entering next year.
“I feel like our secondary as a group, three of the four starters were rookies, I expect them to all take a big jump next year,” Caldwell said.
“You see a guy that made constant improvement from day one all the way to the last game of the season. We forget that he missed training camp too with an injury, so he was set back a little bit, but really came on.”
Cyprien, the team’s second-round pick, was especially impressive with 98 tackles, a sack, an interception, two forced fumbles and six pass breakups, so the talent is certainly there.
Jacksonville will have plenty of opportunities to add to their roster in the offseason with some quality picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it looks like the focus of their plan will be to add talent around the secondary that they already have belief in.