Sean Considine (Getty Images)
The Jaguars made changes in their secondary which was battered and abused a year ago. They chose not to retain safety Gerald Sensabaugh, and the team also released Drayton Florence, who was a monumental free-agent bust. Florence’s departure means that Brian Williams will likely return to his starting right corner back position.
With Williams slated to start at cornerback this season, the Jaguars will have an opening at strong safety. It will be an open competition to fill the spot, but right now, Sean Considine is the frontrunner to be the opening day starter.
The Jaguars signed Considine this offseason in hopes that the four-year veteran could contribute, if not start. The former Philadelphia Eagle has similar expectations.
“I’m down here just to compete,” said Considine. “In my eyes, I’m competing for a starting safety position. I started two years at Philadelphia and I’m looking to get back into that role.”
In his four years of professional football, Considine has accumulated 154 tackles, with his best season coming in his sophomore year, when he logged 85 stops. Considine is not regarded as a finesse player and has done a lot of his damage playing in the box and on special teams.
“I love playing special teams. I’ve liked playing special teams since high school, right through college and on into the NFL. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. Ultimately if I don’t end up earning a starting spot, I’m not going to pout and be a distraction. I’m going to do my best to help this team win ballgames and if that means I’m competing for the first guy down in kickoff coverage, then that’ll be what I’m trying to make the Pro Bowl at.”
Considine has acknowledged that he will indeed face some competition while trying to earn the starting gig.
“Whether that (winning the starting job) happens or not, it’s going to be up to the competition that goes on and I’m just looking forward to a challenge, which I know I’ll get down here. They’ve got good, talented guys in the secondary here, they have a good, physical defense, and I’m looking forward to being part of it.”
Who will be Considine’s main competition for the starting safety spot? Chad Nkang might get a look, but he remains a ‘tweener for the Jaguars. An ideal scenario for Jacksonville would be if Derek Cox developed ahead of schedule and won the starting corner job, thus moving Williams back to strong safety.
Actually, the best case scenario for the Jaguars would be Considine winning the job hands down. The Iowa alum has a high motor and plays with a lot of passion. If he can stick with receivers in coverage, he has a shot at revitalizing his career in Jacksonville, and the Jaguars are hoping that’s the case.