The free safety position in the “4-3 Under” defensive scheme is important. That particular spot requires a player that is versatile enough to be effective in Cover 3 as a single-high safety. The free safety must also be active enough in run defense and cover slot receivers from time to time. Current starter Ricardo Allen has seen his fair share of good days and bad. Allen is currently in his second season as a starter but we’ve seen enough to suggest he’s not progressing along with the rest of Atlanta’s young corps.
Eddie Jackson is a ball-hawk free safety that can be an improvement over Allen…if he’s healthy.