D.J. Hayden feels Jaguars have the best secondary in the league

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Cornerback D.J. Hayden‘s first season with the Jaguars didn’t go as hoped on any level.

The team sank from AFC South champion in 2017 to last place in the division and Hayden missed six games with a toe injury. His absence left the team without a capable nickel corner to go with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye and contributed to an overall decline for a defense that was responsible for much of the previous year’s success.

Hayden returned to health in the back end of the season and remained fit through an offseason that has him feeling bullish about what will come in September.

“All that good stuff — getting turnovers, sacks and making big plays — I feel like we’ll do that,” Hayden said, via Jacksonville.com. “I feel totally 100 percent comfortable with what we’re doing and our safeties. I feel we’ll be the best secondary in the league.”

The safeties will likely play a big role in determining whether Hayden is correct. Barry Church was released late last year and Tashaun Gipson moved on in the offseason, which leaves Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson set to open the year as starters for the first time.

23 responses to “D.J. Hayden feels Jaguars have the best secondary in the league

  1. LOL!

    There’s a team up 95 in the NE pocket of the country that clearly has the best. Not really close, actually.

    Deep, high end talent and tons of continuity.

  2. That’s a stretch. Harrison and Wilson are pretty inexperienced and Hayden himself has played a full season only once in the last 4 years.

  3. Do they even have the best secondary in their own division? The Titans are surprisingly close.

  4. Has DJ learned to turn his head towards the ball once it’s in the air yet? If not, then I pay zero attention to anything he says related to playing CB in the NFL.

  5. The team playing in the 716 area code has one of the best secondary units in the NFL, and will be better this year! J vile is not even close!

  6. Chris Harris Jr., Kareem Jackson, Bryce Callahan, Justin Simmons…..Pretty darn good.

  7. LAC….2 Pro Bowl Corners, and another that ranked in the top 10 per PFF the year before last. All-Pro First team SS in Derwin James, another Pro Bowl special teamer/Swiss army knife in S Adrian Phillips. 2nd round (and the top FS in the draft) Nas Adderley just added. 2 backup corners behind Hayward, King and Williams that have starting experience in Davis, Facyson and Watkins….LAC is the most talented and very deep.

  8. My how time flies.

    In just 6 months we can all have a much more detailed and factual discussion about who are the top secondaries for the 2019/20 season. So much can happen in reality that will alter our preseason predictions.

  9. PFF had it Bears #1, Pats #2, LAC #3 at the end of last reg season. I don’t know about the others, but the Pats are adding 2 2nd rnd CBs this yr and should be even better.

  10. tylawspick6 says:

    There’s a team up 95 in the NE pocket of the country that clearly has the best. Not really close, actually.

    Deep, high end talent and tons of continuity.
    Patriots allowed the 11th most passing yards in 2018 and the 3rd most in 2017… is giving up a lot of yards the true hallmark of the “deep high end talent”

  11. they dont even have the best DB unit in the division. i wonder if he realizes that safeties are a part of the DB unit

  12. For all you leaving comments on here … Do some research : Last two years the Jaguars have led the league in the least QBR rating allowed , completion percentage and yards allowed, also they rank up there in other categories … And they did this with a crappy offense. So yes the Jaguars have been the best secondary in the league. Let’s see what they do in 2019.

  13. PFF ranked Jags 12th after 17 games last season, saying “No unit in the NFL disappointed more this season than the Jacksonville secondary” because they’d gone backwards on 2017 and greatly under-achieved. Bears were top, followed by Pats. BUT, following the playoffs the smart chatter is the Pats secondary continued to get even better, will likely continue do so in 2019, and Gilmore is the highest ranked secondary in their 2019 top 50 players.

  14. The Patriots play team defense. Passing yrds are not just the fault of the 2ndary. When the Pats have had problems in recent yrs it’s been more a function of a mediocre pass rush and/or LBs that are poor at covering RBs and TEs. They sure shut down the Rams in the SBowl

  15. Ramsey: I’m not going to take any shots, or talk any trash like I did before last season

    Hayden: Hold my beer

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