The Jaguars introduced three free agent signings to the local media on Thursday: CB Shaquill Griffin, DL Roy Robertson-Harris, and S Rayshawn Jenkins.
Here are my top takeaways.
Shaquill Griffin is here to compete, lead, and win.
The 25-year-old cornerback made a name for himself in Seattle over the last couple of years but always felt like he was following in the footsteps of the Legion of Boom. He's excited to create his own legacy in Jacksonville. According to Griffin, the Jaguars never talked to him about his role in the cornerback room during the negotiating process. The Jaguars' contract offer might suggest Griffin will be the top corner in Duval, but he says he's ready to compete. He said Urban Meyer's presence helped him make the decision to sign in Jacksonville.
"I'm following a guy that believes in winning, that knows how to win," said Griffin. "And I believe in the same thing. So that's a person that I trust. And I feel like that played a huge part, knowing that this is a guy that's going to take us exactly where we need to go. He's going to put the right pieces together to put us in a position to win games that we need to win."
Griffin's excitement was palpable. He's known new Jaguars' safety Rayshawn Jenkins since childhood and also has a relationship with Sidney Jones. But he's ready to work with everyone, especially CJ Henderson.
"CJ's a young guy, but that doesn't mean I can't learn from him. And the same way, if I'm talking to CJ, he can't be the guy that feels like he already knows it all, because there's so much more to learn. It doesn't matter if you're year one, year two, or year twelve, there's so much more in this game that you can continue to learn, and this game continues to evolve. So like I said before, the main thing is that everybody's got to believe in something. My main thing is I'm going to take my leadership and what I already do know, and I'm going to give it to somebody who may need it. It doesn't matter who it is, as long as the guy's willing to learn."
Rayshawn Jenkins believes in trash talk and versatility
Jenkins is also from Florida and grew up with the Griffin brothers in St. Petersburg, where they dominated youth football, winning three championships with the Lakewood Junior Spartans. Jenkins said the chemistry between him and Shaquill Griffin is already there.
He also emphasized that Urban Meyer is a winner. "Coach Meyer wins. You look at his track record, I think he's lost 17 games in I don't know how long, like 20 years or something like that."
A high-energy player, Jenkins makes his presence felt on the field. "That's just who I am," said Jenkins. "I like to talk. I like to make sure that you know I'm there, and I like to put my play along with it. I'm just a high-energy guy. That's just who I am, especially on the field. So you can expect a lot more of that talking here in the future."
And he's ready to be used in a variety of ways.
"I actually like playing all over the place. I like to be around the ball a lot. You know, better opportunities. I play all over the place: I play dime, I play strong safety, I play free safety, I started in this league as a nickel. So I play all over the field. And that's a part of my game I really take pride in."
The Jaguars' first reported signing of the legal tampering period also spoke on Thursday. Roy Robertson-Harris brings versatility, length, and strength to the Jaguars' defensive line.
Like Griffin and Jenkins, Robertson-Harris cited Urban Meyer as a determining factor in his move to Duval.
"There's nothing to be really sold on. It's great weather. It's being able to play for Coach Urban. It's going to be a great opportunity for myself."
Robertson-Harris studied the Ravens' defense before signing on with the Jaguars and is optimistic about his fit in Joe Cullen's system.
"In a way, we kind of knew what kind of defense they ran, Joe Cullen's defense in Baltimore. I've been able to do my homework myself and know how he runs his defensive ends, so I had somewhat of an insight on how I would play. But it's a great opportunity. I feel like my career could really take off here. [If] I continue to learn and better myself, I think I'll be able to take-off and do everything I need to do to help this team win."
And the Jaguars' new defensive lineman has been watching a certain former Jaguar.
"I like watching guys like Calais (Campbell) being that he's a taller defensive end, and obviously he was here in Jacksonville, so it's kind of funny. But he's a taller body, so just to watch him be able to do the things he does at such height, I try to model myself after him, being an inside guy and moving in and out. So, I'd say Calais Campbell."
If Robertson-Harris can be half the player Calais Campbell was during his time in Duval, Jaguars fans are in for a treat.
Another "Jax" connection — Robertson-Harris' nine month old son is named Jax. Merely a coincidence, said Robertson-Harris.
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