Free-agency series: Safeties

Here is the last of a 10-part series breaking down the Jaguars’ free-agency needs, position by position:


Who’s on the roster: Johnathan Cyprien, Josh Evans, Winston Guy and Chris Prosinski.

Analysis: It’s early, but the Jaguars appear to have hit a home run with Cyprien, whom they took in the second round in last year’s draft. They took him because they wanted a physical safety who would be a factor close to the line of scrimmage, but he turned out to be better in pass coverage than they anticipated. Evans got on the field earlier than anticipated because of an injury to Dwight Lowery and really wasn’t ready to play that much that soon. He fought through, and after rotating in the second half of the season with Guy, seemed to settle down in the final few games. Guy is a big hitter who needs to be more consistent in coverage. Prosinski is a special-teams player who will struggle to make the team in 2014.

NFL free agents of interest: Antoine Bethea, Chris Clemons and Jairus Byrd.

Need meter: 3. The Jaguars wouldn’t mind adding some depth here but it’s not a position of immediate need in 2014. The coaching staff is excited about Cyprien’s potential and between Guy and Evans the other safety spot should not be a liability. The Jaguars could get interested in some of the safeties if they remain on the market and their price comes down, but I don’t see the team making this position a priority in free agency.