Fifth-Round Pick CB Issac Excited to Get to Work

Jaguars fifth-round cornerback Rod Issac is so eager to get his NFL career started, and so frustrated by the lockout, he’s tuning all the reports regarding the labor dispute out until it’s over, writes Adam Sparks for The Tennessean.

“At first I was paying attention to everything that came out about the lockout and every bit of news, but it’s just the same old same old,” Issac said. “When you keep up with it every day, you gd to Bet anxious. So I don’t watch any of it anymore.

“I figure when it’s over somebody in my family or a (Jaguars) coach will call me and say, ‘Hey, the lockout is over.’ Until then, I don’t pay attention to it anymore.”

One of the issues believed to be holding up the talks towards a new collective bargaining agreement is the “rookie wage scale”. Under the previous agreement, Issac, the 147th overall pick and 16th pick in round five, would receive a signing bonus worth just under $200,000.

Over the past three offseasons, Jaguars fifth-round picks have signed contracts between July 9 and July 19.

Issac started 37 of his 46 games at Middle Tennessee State, totaling 189 tackles (12 for a loss) with 18 passes defensed, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, two he returned for a touchdown. Issac also returned an interception for a touchdown.

Special teams will likely be where he’s asked to contribute as a rookie, and Issac blocked a pair of field goals during his college career.

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