The Jacksonville Jaguars were inconsistent in the secondary leading up to last weekâ€™s shutout against the Indianapolis Colts. They gave up big plays to Dak Prescott, Andrew Luck (in the first meeting), and rookie Josh Allen â€” and some of the blame (deservedly) fell on veteran strong safety Barry Church.
A change was made. Ronnie Harrison made his first start last week and he took full advantage of it. He looked every bit the part of a third round rookie early in the game, picking up a taunting penalty that extended a Colts drive. But as the game wore on, he looked very comfortable in his role.
And for now, it seems, Harrison has earned the starting strong safety spot, a move that head coach Doug Marrone said he feels â€œcomfortableâ€� in.
â€œIâ€™m comfortable with him having the ability to do it,â€� Marrone said after practice on Tuesday. â€œI just want to make sure that we take out the personal fouls. Thatâ€™s something that I have talked to Ronnie about.â€�
Marrone is right. The personal foul could have been a key play and a back breaker in what finished as a 6-0 win for the Jaguars and the lowest scoring game in franchise history. Had the Colts scored even a field goal on the drive where Harrison was called for a 15-yard penalty on what would have been a fourth down.…read more
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