D.J. Hayden joined the Jacksonville Jaguars during their down Year in 2018.
The last year, but don’t diminish the expectations of the slot corner . “I feel as if we’re going to be the best defense in the league, ” I can’t wait,” Hayden told Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union. “I know we will have some fresh faces, but I feel as if this is going to be a great defense regardless of who’s out there.”
Hayden isn’t the only person who endeavors big things for the Jags’ D.Despite linebacker Telvin Smith stepping away for the season, the Jags still boast playmakers on all three levels. The addition of first-round pick Josh Allen should create the Jags’ pass rush threatening on QBs.
Injuries to Hayden were a part of the rationale the Jags’ secondary struggled last season. The slot corner, signed to help replace Aaron Colvin, played only 10 games, along with the Jags particularly struggled without him. Hayden, who has struggled throughout his career with both health and production, played the best football of his career down the stretch last season — for circumstance, Professional Football Emphasis gave Hayden a 74.8 tier last year, undoubtedly the best he’s generated from PFF and 25th overall among CBs.
In Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and Hayden, the Jags boast a good trio, with the two outside corners owning the upside to be the top tandem in the NFL if they remain healthy and return to shape. The security place sits as a question mark. Youngsters Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson (combined 10 NFL starts) are slated to begin from both safety spots.
Hayden believes the Jags secondary will get back this season.
“All that good things — getting turnovers, sacks and making big plays I feel like we’ll do this,” Hayden said. “I’m completely 100 percent comfortable with what we are doing and our safeties. I feel we will be the best secondary in the league.”
Pretending to be the best in the summer is simple. Proving it in the autumn is the part that is challenging.
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