The Jaguars finished the 2009 season ranked 27th overall in pass defense. GM Gene Smith attributed a lot of those struggles to a lack of pressure generated by the defensive line — the Jaguars' 14 sacks were by far the worst in the league and the lowest total in franchise history. After signing Aaron Kampman to a multiyear deal and using its first four draft picks on defensive linemen, the club expects to be a better pass-rushing unit in 2010. But the back end of the secondary remains a big concern. Darren Sharper's decision to turn down more money from the Jaguars and return to New Orleans, and the team not addressing the safety position in the draft, means the team's two starting safeties are likely already on the roster. The way we hear it, head coach Jack Del Rio was impressed by the performance of SS Gerald Alexander during the team's minicamp, and he is ahead of Sean Considine to win the strong safety job. Alexander, the team's most consistent safety in '09, is a good athlete with a nose for the football, but neck and shoulder injuries caused him to start only 10 games. The starting free safety job appears to be wide open; neither former first-round pick Reggie Nelson, who was demoted at the end of last season, nor big-hitting Anthony Smith has done anything to distance himself from the other.
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