Safety was one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ most pressing needs earlier this year. Team leaders have done a good job improving position throughout the offseason, signing Rayshawn Jenkins in free agency and using a third round pick over Andre Cisco in this year’s draft. It’s unclear how many securities the Jags will take away in the 2021 season, but Josh Jones might not make the cut.
The 2017 Green Bay Packers second-round pick, Jones showed flashes in his rookie campaign but was later buried on the depth board. The North Carolina state product requested a trade but was released because the Packers couldn’t find a partner. He was then claimed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2019 and then retired towards the end of the year. The Jags have claimed Jones and he started 13 games last season. He appeared in 63% of the team’s total snaps on defense and recorded 83 total tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.
In 2020, Jones posted a Pro Football Focus rating of 43.9, the lowest in his four-year career. In addition, he placed 89th out of 94 qualifiers. Nevertheless, the Jags re-signed him this offseason but will now have to compete for playing time and even a place in the roster in 2021.
Jones will struggle to crack for the Jacksonville Jaguars roster.
Jarrod Wilson will most likely start alongside Jenkins in Week 1. Daniel Thomas has started two games in 2020 and will compete for playing time this summer. The Jaguars are unlikely to have invested a third-round pick in Cisco just to keep him on the bench, so he can compete for snaps as well. That may leave only one spot available if Jacksonville carries five sureties this coming season. Jones started 25 games in his NFL career. This could give him the edge over Andrew Wingard.
Jones caught an interception during the activities organized by the Jaguars team. If he wants to secure his place on the team at Jacksonville and see the pitch often in 2021, he will need to continue making games like this at training camp.
Safety is far from a strength for the Jaguars, but it shouldn’t be a handicap either. Jacksonville has a good job and maybe not enough spots on the list. This could leave Jones a victim of the numbers game.