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By: Dave Choate

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Atlanta has been holding off on adding to the secondary in a meaningful way, but perhaps Jacobs changes that.

The Atlanta Falcons have one roster spot remaining, and I think I speak for most Falcons fans when I say that we’d like to see that spot filled by either a capable pass rusher or someone who can help out in the secondary. It appears the Falcons may be leaning toward the latter.

I say that because they’re reportedly spending time with cornerback Jerry Jacobs today, which could mean a signing is on the way if all goes well. Jacobs spent the past three seasons with the Detroit Lions, starting 29 of the 40 games he appeared in, and is fresh off a 2023 season where he posted a career-high three interceptions.

Jacobs, 27, is an Atlanta native who is a strong, physical player capable of being a real asset against the run, something he has consistently shown in Detroit. Versatile and willing to attack the ball, Jacobs has four interceptions in his 40 games and 23 pass deflections, with limited time spent at safety and nickel in his career. The Falcons might be interested in stretching that a bit further, given their limited safety depth beyond their top three players and Jacobs’ physicality playing well there.

Jacobs could compete to start here, but it would not necessarily be an ideal outcome, given his less-than-stellar track record in coverage. Last year, he allowed the 30th-highest yardage total among all NFL defenders despite starting only 12 games, had a not-great 14.1% missed tackle rate, and earned a mediocre 54.1 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus. Jacobs has the talent and aggressive nature to be better than that, but coverage is not his standout ability, making him a far better bit for this team as a versatile, experienced reserve. The Falcons could still very much use another one of those.

We’ll see if Jacobs joins the Falcons, but he would be a logical addition for the team’s final open roster spot as a cornerback with some safety experience, a willingness and ability to create turnovers and tipped passes, and consistently quality work against the run.

Originally posted on The Falcoholic – All Posts