Barry Church has proved one of league’s best free agent signings

AP

The Jaguars have gotten exactly what they expected when they signed strong safety Barry Church to a four-year, $21.6 million deal in the offseason. Church, one of the league’s most unsung players, was the player the Cowboys regretted losing most in free agency.

In fact, Church has to rank as one of the best free agent signings of the offseason.

Church has 24 tackles, a sack, an interception returned for a touchdown and a pass breakup, stabilizing a position that saw inconsistency in four seasons with Johnathan Cyprien. As a bonus, Church has provided leadership to the secondary, the defense and the team.

He has been good,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN. “He has played well. We are very, very happy with what he has done.”

Church, who has played 335 of 349 defensive snaps, has led a defense that has a league-leading 15 takeaways, including 10 interceptions. Those totals are more than the Jaguars had all of last season.

Church had one of the Jaguars’ five interceptions of Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday, and one of two pick-sixes. He returned his 51 yards to the end zone for his first career interception return for a touchdown.

“It feels like once you get one, the ball starts to find you,” Church said, via Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union. “I don’t know how it works, but it definitely works.”

10 responses to “Barry Church has proved one of league’s best free agent signings

  1. Church has a pick 6. Carr has 2 INTs. Claiborne had one this past weekend. Maybe people should start looking at the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff rather than the players. Somehow these same players who “sucked” in Dallas are performing well on other teams.

  2. Barry Church is now part of the Best Secondary in the NFL … Ramsey, Bouye, Colvin, Church and Gipson … No wonder he wanted to leave the Cowboys, there Secondary is horrible. Go Jags !!!

  3. Lamar Flores Jr. says:
    October 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Barry Church is now part of the Best Secondary in the NFL … Ramsey, Bouye, Colvin, Church and Gipson … No wonder he wanted to leave the Cowboys, there Secondary is horrible. Go Jags !!!
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    Let’s be real, when you suck as long as the Jags have you are bound to eventually get good players…

  4. It’s been 10 years of bad here in Jax.

    I thought I’d possibly have passed away from old age before I saw them rise to relevance again.

    Granted we aren’t at the halfway point yet.

  5. As an Eagles fan i always had respect for Church. The guy seemed to run down a lot of big plays and lay the wood in the run game at times. Glad to see him gone 🙂

  6. Tom Coughlin has proven himself to be a pretty good personnel guy so far. A lot better than Mike Holmgren was. Blake Bortles is not the long-term answer at QB, but that can be fixed in the offseason. Doug Marrone is also an infinitely better head coach than Gus Bradley.

  7. Barry Church is a leader and a solid tackler and acceptable (but limited) cover guy, certainly worth having on a team. But this post is RIDICULOUS; Church gets a ball tipped to him (i.e. he wasn’t the one who made the play on the ball) and has open space to run for a TD, and suddenly he is one of the league’s best FA signings? Balderdash. Meanwhile, he is on pace for a career low in tackles since becoming a starter…which would be his fourth straight year of a decline in tackles. Take it easy. He is a nice “glue” veteran on a young defense, but as an on-field performer he is “just some guy”.

  8. What makes it worse is the low amount his agent demanded before the
    2016 season. He was astounded the Cowboys were not
    interested in extending Barry’s contract. Win some and lose
    some. The Cowboys have certainly done a good job on
    signing guys like Barry out of college ..they just need to
    keep them.

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