JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars general manager David Caldwell isn't likely to make the secondary a high priority in the upcoming draft. He addressed that group in last year's draft and with free agents and he's happy with the development, writes Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.
"Three of the four starters were rookies [and] I expect them to all take a big jump next year," Caldwell said.
Caldwell drafted safety Johnathan Cyprien in the second round, cornerback Dwayne Gratz in the third, and safety Josh Evans in the sixth. He also added cornerback Alan Ball last March and cornerback Will Blackmon in August. They combined to start 48 games in 2013. Cyprien and Ball started 15 games each.
The group certainly has room to improve. The Jaguars finished 25th in the NFL in pass defense (247.6 yards per game) and allowed opponents to complete 64.2 percent of their passes for 29 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. The secondary managed only six interceptions.
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Potential good news for the Jaguars: ESPN's Darren Rovell, citing multiple sources, reports that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has chosen Select Sports Group out of Houston to be his contract agency and LRMR to do his marketing. However, ESPN has been unable to ascertain whether Manziel has signed contracts with those agencies.
One other item from this blog: Tight end Marcedes Lewis says he wants to make a bigger impact in 2014.