24-Year-Old Safety – Jacksonville Jaguars
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Cyprien was an extremely productive player at Florida International, totaling 365 tackles in four years, so it's not surprising that he established himself as a top defensive back IDP immediately upon...
Johnathan Cyprien Contract Information:
Signed by the Jaguars in June of 2013.
Cyprien led the Jaguars in tackles this season with 114 and also recorded four passes defended.
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Johnathan Cyprien: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Cyprien suffered a concussion in Jacksonville's opener and subsequently missed the Week 2 outing against the Redskins. Josh Evans impressed as the starter against Washington, recording a team-high 14 tackles (eight solo). Nonetheless, the Jaguars' secondary will certainly welcome Cyprien back whenever he clears the league's concussion protocol.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Cyprien suffered a concussion during Sunday's season opening loss to the Eagles and without him on the field, the Jaguars' secondary was exposed in deep coverage during the second half. Now three days later, the emerging second-year safety still hasn't been cleared to return to practice. As such, Cyprien will continue to follow the league's concussion protocol and Jacksonville hopes to determine his status for Week 2 against the Redskins by Friday.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Cyprien unsurprisingly struggled a bit early in his first year out of Florida International, but the 33rd overall pick from the 2013 draft showed improvement as the year went on, ensuring his place in a full-time role for Jacksonville for at least another season. He showed major IDP upside as a rookie, finishing with 103 tackles (86 solo), one sack and one interception in 15 games, hitting double-digit tackles three times. The Jaguars are weak at linebacker aside from Paul Posluszny, so there's a chance Cyprien will be Jacksonville's second-leading tackler this year. High tackle totals are nothing new to Cyprien – he actually led Florida International in tackles during the 2010 and 2012 seasons – so he should once again be among the league's best triple-digit tackle threats at defensive back in 2014. And it certainly doesn't hurt that Jacksonville will likely struggle on offense, resulting in plenty of three-and-outs and turnovers.
The 33rd overall pick from the 2013 draft, Cyprien is expected to play the Kam Chancellor enforcer role for Jacksonville as new head coach Gus Bradley attempts to replicate the defense he built in Seattle. While Chancellor is a linebacker-safety hybrid, Cyprien is better rounded as a player with both free- and strong-safety skills, meaning he should be more active in coverage than Chancellor. None of that is meant to downplay Cyprien's contributions as a tackler, though, because he posted 365 tackles in 50 career college games.