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Johnathan Cyprien

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Johnathan Ken Cyprien born July 29, 1990 is an American football strong safety for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League NFL He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft He played college football at FIU


  • 1 High school career
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 31 Jacksonville Jaguars
      • 311 2013
      • 312 2014
      • 313 2015
      • 314 2016
    • 32 Tennessee Titans
      • 321 2017
  • 4 NFL statistics
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

High school career

Cyprien attended North Miami Beach High School in North Miami Beach, Florida He served as team captain as a senior, and was also named to the Miami Herald All-Dade and District 12-6A first team

College career

Cyprien received an athletic scholarship to attend Florida International University, where he played for the FIU Panthers football team from 2009 to 2012 As a true freshman in 2009, he appeared in all 12 games and started seven He finished second on the team with 78 tackles, recorded one interception, three breakups and forced two fumbles, and earned all-conference honorable mention selection In 2010, he led the team with 113 tackles, the fourth-best single-season total in FIU history He also recorded three tackles for loss, one interception, six pass break ups, forced three fumbles, and recovered a fumble, and earned second-team all-conference honors As a junior in 2011, he started in all 13 games He recorded 81 tackles third-highest on the team, along with 55 tackles for loss and a team-high eight passes broken up, which was tied for third all-time in a season in program history, and he earned second-team all-conference honors As a senior in 2012, he served as one of the team captains for 2012, and is widely regarded as the top safety to ever play at FIU Cyprien once again led the team in tackles in 2012 with 93, also recorded a team-high four interceptions, along with five pass breakups, 35 tackles for loss and one forced fumble He started all 12 games in 2012, as well as every game the past three seasons 2010–12, and has started the most career games at safety at FIU 45, which is the third-most amount of starts at any position for a Panther Set school record for total tackles 365, solo tackles 213 and fumbles forced six He also ranks among the all-time best for pass breakups second, 22, interceptions fourth, 7, and fumbles recovered fourth, 3

Professional career

On December 14, 2012, it was announced that Cyprien had accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl Throughout Senior Bowl practices, Cyprien impressed many scouts and analysts with his enthusiasm and aggressive style On January 26, 2013, Cyprien played in the Reese's Senior Bowl and recorded five combined tackles and was a part of Oakland Raiders' head coach Dennis Allen's North team that lost 21–16 to the South Cyprien was one of 60 collegiate defensive backs to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana He was unable to compete and perform any physical drills due to a shoulder and hamstring injury On March 7, 2013, he attended FIU's pro day and performed all of the combine and positional drills for scouts and team representatives from all 32 NFL teams His 18 reps in the bench press would've finished third among all defensive backs at the combine During the draft process, Cyprien had private workouts and meetings with over 12 NFL teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, and Houston Texans At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Cyprien was projected by NFL draft experts and scouts to be a first or second round pick He wad ranked the top strong safety prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScoutcom, the second best safety by NFL draft analyst Josh Norris, the third best safety by Sports Illustrated, and was ranked the fourth best safety by NFL analyst Mike Mayock

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
183 m
217 lb
98 kg
31 3⁄4 in
081 m
10 1⁄4 in
026 m
464 s 152 s 265 s 444 s 701 s 38 1⁄2 in
098 m
9 ft 11 in
302 m
18 reps
All values from FIU's Pro Day

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Cyprien in the second round 33rd overall of the 2013 NFL Draft He was the fourth safety selected in 2013 Cyprien became the fifth player drafted from FIU and the highest NFL draft pick in school history, a distinction previously held by T Y Hilton who was selected in the third round 92nd overall of the 2012 NFL Draft


On June 18, 2013, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Cyprien to a four-year, $546 million contract that includes $391 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $235 million

Cyprien entered training camp slated as the starting strong safety after Dawan Landry departed for the New York Jets during free agency Although he suffered a hamstring injury, head coach Gus Bradley officially named him the starter to begin the regular season

He made his first career start and professional regular season debut in the Jacksonville Jaguars' season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs and made three combined tackles during a 28–2 loss On September 22, 2013, Cyprien recorded seven combined tackles and made his first career sack on Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson in the Jaguars' 45–17 loss In Week 5, he collected a season-high 13 solo tackles in 34–20 loss at the St Louis Rams On December 1, 2013, Cyprien collected ten combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made the first interception of his career off of Cleveland Browns' quarterback Brandon Weeden in their 32–28 victory His interception came in the second quarter as he picked off a pass intended for Jordan Cameron and returned it 27-yards He missed a Week 15 matchup against the Buffalo Bills due to a hamstring injury He finished his rookie season with 104 combined tackles 87 solo, six pass deflections, an interception, and a sack in 15 games and 15 starts


He remained the started strong safety in 2014 and started the Jacksonville Jaguars' season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, but was unable to finish the 34-17 loss after suffering a concussion while attempting to intercept a pass He missed the Jaguars' Week 2 matchup at the Washington Redskins after he wasn't cleared to participate and remained in concussion protocol On October 12, 2014, Cyprien recorded a season-high 15 combined tackles in a 16-14 loss at the Tennessee Titans During Week 8, he made ten solo tackles in Jacksonville's 27-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins Cyprien finished the 2014 season with 114 combined tackles 80 solo and three pass deflections in 15 games and 15 starts Unfortunately, Cyprien also led the Jaguars with 21 missed tackles in 2014


Throughout training camp, Cyprien saw competition from Josh Evans for his starting strong safety position Head coach Gus Bradley named Cyprien the starting strong safety, opposite Sergio Brown, to start the 2015 season

Cyprien started the Jacksonville Jaguars' season-opener against the Carolina Panthers and recorded four combined tackles before leaving the 20-9 loss with a calf injury He missed the next two games due to the injury On October 4, 2015, Cyprien made 14 combined tackles during a 16-13 loss at the Indianapolis Colts On December 13, 2015, he made six combined tackles, intercepted a pass from Andrew Luck, and returned it for 48-yards during a 51-16 defeat over the Indianapolis Colts In Week 17, Cyprien tied his season-high of 14 combined tackles as the Jaguars' lost 30-6 at the Houston Texans He finished the season with 108 combined tackles 78 solo, two pass defensed, and one interception in 14 games and 14 starts The Jaguars finished the season with a 5-11 record and third in the AFC South


During the 2016 training camp, Cyprien competed against James Sample to maintain his starting strong safety position He was named the starting strong safety, opposite newly acquired free safety Tashaun Gipson

In Week 12, Cyprien recorded six combined tackles and sacked Buffalo Bills' quarterback Tyrod Taylor during a 28-21 loss On December 11, 2016, he made 14 combined tackles in the Jagaurs' 25-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings The next week, Cyprien recorded a career-high 17 combined tackles in a 21-20 loss at the Houston Texans Head coach Gus Bradley was fired after Week 15 due to the Jaguars posting a 2-12 record Cyprien finished the 2016 season with a career-high 127 combined tackles 96 solo, four pass deflections, and a sack in 16 games and 16 starts It was his first season starting and playing in all 16 games Cyprien had a career season due to the emergence of Tashaun Gipson as a capable free safety that allowed Cyprien to play closer to the line in the box It also allowed him to lead the NFL with 27 run stops in 2016 Pro Football Focus gave Cyprien a run-stopping grade of 988 for 2016, which is the highest grade ever recorded by a safety and his 128 combined tackles were the 12th most by any player in 2016

Tennessee Titans

On March 9, 2017, the Tennessee Titans signed Cyprien to a four-year, $25 million contract that includes $7 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3 million


Head coach Mike Mularkey named Cyprien the starting strong safety to begin the season, alongside free safety Kevin Byard Cyprien started the Tennessee Titans' season-opener against the Oakland Raiders and recorded seven combined tackles before leaving the 26-16 loss with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the next six games Weeks 2-7 On November 16, 2017, he made ten combined tackles in a 40-17 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers In Week 14, Cyprien made ten combined tackles and sacked Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the Titans' 12-7 loss He finished his first season with the Titans with 57 combined tackles 38 solo, one sack, and a pass deflection in ten games and ten starts

The Titans finished second in the AFC South with a 9-7 record and received a play off berth On January 1, 2018, Cyprien started his first career playoff game and recorded four solo tackles and deflected a pass in their 22-21 victory at the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wildcard game The following week, he made seven combined tackles as the Titans lost 35-14 in the AFC Divisional round to the New England Patriots

NFL statistics

2013 JAX 15 104 87 17 10 2 0 0 1 27 27 27 0 6
2014 JAX 15 114 80 34 00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2015 JAX 14 108 78 30 00 1 1 0 1 48 48 48 0 2
2016 JAX 16 127 96 31 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2017 TEN 10 57 38 19 10 0 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 1
Career 70 510 379 131 30 4 2 0 2 75 35 75 0 16


  1. ^ Sissi Garland December 14, 2012 "Johnathan Cyprien invited to participate at 2013 Senior Bowl" newsfiucom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  2. ^ Tommy Hicks January 25, 2013 "FIU's Jonathan Cyprien has gained attention at Senior Bowl" ALcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  3. ^ "2013 NFL Combine Results: Defensive Backs" steelersdepotcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  4. ^ Louis Bien March 8, 2013 "FIU Pro Day results: Jonathan Cyprien runs sub-46" 
  5. ^ Adam Stites March 28, 2013 "2013 NFL Draft: Jonathan Cyprien to visit the Jaguars, 10 other teams" bigcatcountrycom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  6. ^ Jon Benne April 22, 2013 "2013 NFL draft buzz: Jonathan Cyprien visits with Bengals, Rams work out DeAndre Hopkins, and more" sbnationcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  7. ^ "Johnathan Cyprien, DS #1 SS, Florida International" nfldraftscoutcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  8. ^ Mike Mayock April 19, 2013 "2013 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock's top 100 prospects" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  9. ^ Josh Norris April 5, 2013 "2013 NFL Draft: Kenny Vaccaro, John Cyprien head safety class" NFLcom Retrieved Jan 16, 2018 
  10. ^ Chris Burke March 26, 2013 "2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Defense" sicom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  11. ^ "NFL Draft Profile Johnathan Cyprien" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  12. ^ "FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien drafted by Jacksonville Jaguars" Sun-Sentinelcom April 26, 2013 
  13. ^ Oehser, John "Jaguars select Cyprien in Round 2" Jaguarscom Retrieved April 27, 2013 
  14. ^ "Pro-Football Reference: FIU NFL Draft History" pro-football-referencecom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  15. ^ a b "Spotraccom: Johnathan Cyprien contract" spotraccom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  16. ^ "Jaguars' Chris Prosinski has a nose for the football" Jacksonvillecom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  17. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 3-2013: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Seattle Seahawks" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  18. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 13-2013: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  19. ^ "NFL Player stats: Johnathan Cyprien 2013" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  20. ^ Alfie Crow September 10, 2014 "Johnathan Cyprien injury: Jaguars safety not cleared for contact" bigcatcountrycom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  21. ^ "NFL Player stats: Johnathan Cyprien 2014" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  22. ^ "Ourladscom: Jacksonville Jaguars' depth chart: 10/01/2015" ourladscom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  23. ^ "Jaguars' Johnathan Cyprien suffers calf injury; questionable to return" thescorecom September 13, 2015 Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  24. ^ "NFL Player stats: Johnathan Cyprien 2015" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  25. ^ "Johnathan Cyprien, James Sample vying for strong safety this training camp" blackandtealcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  26. ^ "NFL Player stats: Johnathan Cyprien 2016" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  27. ^ "Johnathan Cyprien will sign with Titans, but doesn't really fill their pass defense needs" sbnationcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  28. ^ Alfie Crow February 3, 2017 "Should the Jaguars re-sign Johnathan Cyprien" bigcatcountrycom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  29. ^ Wyatt, Jim March 10, 2017 "Titans Agree to Terms with Johnathan Cyprien, Brynden Trawick" TitansOnlinecom 
  30. ^ Dan Cotton September 6, 2017 "Tennessee Titans depth chart" 247sportscom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  31. ^ Cameron Wolfe November 3, 2017 "Corey Davis, Johnathan Cyprien expected to play vs Ravens" ESPNcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  32. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 14-2017: Tennessee Titans @ Arizona Cardinals" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  33. ^ "NFL Player stats: Johnathan Cyprien 2017" NFLcom Retrieved January 16, 2018 
  34. ^ "John Cyprien Stats" Retrieved 2 December 2015 

External links

  • Tennessee Titans bio
  • Jacksonville Jaguars bio
  • FIU Panthers bio

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