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Struck by the injury bug for the better part of the last four seasons, Jacksonville's Rashean Mathis will be 32 years old before 2012 kicks off. And he definitely must prove to be 100 percent by early September, otherwise, it wouldn't be surprising to see him get released.
Fortunately for Mathis, arguably the best aspects of his game are his instincts and experience.
After going through two seasons in 2008 and 2009 that ended shortly after mid-season, Mathis had a respectable 2010 season during which he played all year. In addition to remaining healthy, he recorded 57 tackles, forced one fumble, recorded a pick and defended six passes.
That then lead off to a strong start in 2011 before Mathis was injured once again. The Jaguars, though, need to retain him since there's a new head coach (Mike Mularkey) and key veterans to step up and help with the transition.
Also, perhaps the most impressive part of Mathis' game is changing the field position after an interception. He has a career average of over 17 yards per interception return and has taken three back for touchdowns.
Jacksonville needs to keep its defensive playmakers on board, because the offense has a ways to go before catching up.