Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

INSIDE THE GAME: SUGGESTIONS FOR SECOND HALF OF SEASON; New Roles for Cyprien, MJD?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

INSIDE THE GAME: SUGGESTIONS FOR SECOND HALF OF SEASON; New Roles for Cyprien, MJD?

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Five suggestions for the Jaguars entering the second half of the season:

1. USE CYPRIEN MORE AS A BLITZER

Johnathan Cyprien, the Jaguars' rookie strong safety, hasn't missed a snap this year, posting totals of 47 tackles, two forced fumbles and one sack.

That sack and one of those forced fumbles - of Seattle's Russell Wilson in Week 3 that resulted in a Jaguars turnover - should be used as a prototype.

At this stage, the best way for Cyprien to play is moving forward, using his speed, athleticism and hitting ability to make plays.

In the future, the feeling is Cyprien will be good enough to cover tight ends, but for now, use him as an enforcer at the line of scrimmage.

2. USE JONES-DREWMORE AS A RECEIVER

It was no coincidence that Maurice Jones-Drew's best game of the year - in Week 8 against San Francisco - came when he was heavily involved as a receiver. He caught six passes for 47 yards after having only 10 catches in the first seven games.

Because there simply isn't a lot of room to run between the tackles and the stretch plays have been inconsistent, the best way to get Jones-Drew more involved is as a receiver.

Against the 49ers, only one of Jones-Drew's catches was on a pass that crossed the line. The Jaguars should continue to use him on the swing pass and also incorporate a wheel route to see if the defense is sleeping.

3. PLAY MORE NICKELON EARLY DOWNS

The Jaguars can't stop the run up front and that problem isn't going away, especially this week because Tennessee's Chris Johnson looks to be finding a groove.

But a big problem, even though the Jaguars are in semi-denial about this, is their inability to account for any receiver who runs through the middle of the field in general and tight ends who run through the middle of the field in particular. …

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