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GM Caldwell has completely revamped Jacksonville's secondary this offseason.
Gone are the likes of Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox and Aaron Ross. To replace them, the Jaguars signed veterans Alan Ball and Marcus Trufant as free agents and drafted Dwayne Gratz, Jeremy Harris and Demetrius McCray.
Ball and Gratz enter training camp as the leading candidates for the starting role, according to Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country. Although it's not set in stone, it's going to take a great showing from one of the other cornerbacks to unseat either Ball or Gratz as the starters.
The real battle at cornerback this training camp will be for the nickelback role. Trufant and Mike Harris are the two players competing against each other for the job.
John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports Trufant will get the opportunity to compete to be Jacksonville's nickelback. He played for coach Bradley during his time as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator and brings a familiarity of the first-year coach's defense. Trufant also has the experience edge by far as he's entering his 11th NFL season. That also means, however, he is entering the twilight of his career and his best days are behind him.
Harris, on the other hand, is entering his second season in the league after becoming a reliable defender in his rookie year. He played well after being thrust into a starting role last season and recorded six pass defenses and one interception.
Jaguars legend Tony Boselli said Harris will be the team's "starting nickel" this year, according to Natalie Pierre of The Tallahassee Democrat. If Boselli vouches for you, you have to be good.
Trufant should win the nickelback role only if he's noticeably better than Harris. If the competition is even remotely close, then Harris should win the job to continue the youth movement. Trufant could still be used in spot duty and will still add veteran leadership even if he's not on the field. Harris played well last season, and there's no reason to believe he won't do the same in 2013.