The Jaguars signed safety Cody Brown, formerly of the AAF's Salt Lake Stallions. Like so many other former AAF players, Brown has found a home in the NFL, at least for the time being.
Brown played his college ball at Arkansas State after transferring from junior college. He was a two-time All-Sun Belt conference performer at Arkansas State.
The six-foot-two, 206-pound safety found his way to the AAF in 2018 and was one of the stars of the league on the defensive side of the ball. In eight games for the Stallions, Brown recorded 34 tackles and nabbed an interception.
So what will Cody Brown bring to the table for the Jaguars?
A hard-nosed style of football. Position versatility. Hunger.
Yep, he'll bring all of those things.
Brown's social media handle, hitman_brown, says it all. He plays the game with a fierceness from the safety position that forces offensive players to know where he is at all times. His run defense was on display all season long for Salt Lake, and that's his best attribute as a defender. But he usually got the job done in coverage too, allowing just ten catches on 21 targets (47.6%).
Brown can play both free and strong safety, which will no doubt help his chances of making the team this summer. He started five times at free safety and three times at strong safety for the Stallions. If he can play with range and remain a staunch run defender, Brown may be able to stick around in Duval as a depth safety.
He'll also be hungry. Former AAF players know just how hard it is to make as a professional football player and they know how close they are to losing that opportunity. Brown will bring it day in and day out for the Jaguars on the practice field. If he proves that he's up to snuff as a player, he'll be a great addition to the locker room.
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