Johnathan Cyprien
Cyprien with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013
No. 37     
Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-07-29) July 29, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: North Miami Beach, Florida
Career information
College: Florida International
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2013 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-Sun Belt (2012)
  • 2× Second-team All-Sun Belt (2010, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     511
Sacks     3.0
Forced fumbles     4
Fumble recoveries     2
Interceptions     2
Pass deflections     17

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

High school careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 breakups, 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 5.5 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, 3.5 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 number 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). Cyprien majored in physical therapy at FIU.

College statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack INT Yds Avg TD
2009 FIU 12 48 30 78 1.5 0.0 1 0 0.0 0
2010 FIU 13 60 50 113 3.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0
2011 FIU 13 48 33 81 5.5 1.0 1 9 9.0 1
2012 FIU 12 54 39 93 3.5 0.0 4 32 8.0 0
Career 50 213 152 365 13.5 1.0 7 41 5.9 1


Professional careerEdit

On December 14, 2012, it was announced that Cyprien had accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl.[2] Throughout Senior Bowl practices, Cyprien impressed many scouts and analysts with his enthusiasm and aggressive style.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7] 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 was ranked the top strong safety prospect in the draft by, 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.[8][9][10][11]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 217 lb31¾ in10¼ in 4.64 s 1.52 s 2.65 s 4.44 s 7.01 s 38½ in 9 ft 11 in 18 reps

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Cyprien in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the fourth safety selected in 2013.[12][13] 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.[14]

2013 season: Rookie yearEdit

On June 18, 2013, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Cyprien to a four-year, $5.46 million contract that includes $3.91 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.35 million.[15]

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.[16]

Cyprien 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 as the Jaguars lost 45–17.[17] 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 a 32–28 victory. His interception came in the second quarter as he picked off a pass intended for Jordan Cameron and returned it for 27 yards.[18] He missed a Week 15 matchup against the Buffalo Bills due to a hamstring injury. Cyprien finished his rookie season with 104 combined tackles (87 solo), six pass deflections, an interception, and a sack in 15 games and 15 starts.[19]

2014 seasonEdit

Cyprien remained the started strong safety in 2014 and started the 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.[20] On October 12, 2014, Cyprien recorded a season-high 15 combined tackles in a 16-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans. During Week 8, he made ten solo tackles in a 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.[21] Cyprien also led the Jaguars with 21 missed tackles in 2014.

2015 seasonEdit

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.[22]

Cyprien started the 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.[23] 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. Cyprien finished the season with 108 combined tackles (78 solo), two passes defended, and one interception in 14 games and 14 starts.[24] The Jaguars finished the season with a 5-11 record and third in the AFC South.

2016 seasonEdit

During the 2016 training camp, Cyprien competed against James Sample to maintain his starting strong safety position.[25] 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 as the Jaguars lost to the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 25-16. The next week, Cyprien recorded a career-high 17 combined tackles as the Jaguars lost to the Houston Texans by a score of 21-20. 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.[26] 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.[27][28] Pro Football Focus gave Cyprien a run-stopping grade of 98.8 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 TitansEdit

File:Johnathan Cyprien with Titans.jpg

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.[29][15]

2017 seasonEdit

Head coach Mike Mularkey named Cyprien the starting strong safety to begin the season, alongside free safety Kevin Byard.[30] 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).[31] 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.[32] 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.[33]

The Titans finished second in the AFC South with a 9-7 record and received a playoff berth. On January 6, 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 in the AFC Divisional round to the New England Patriots by a score of 35-14.

2018 seasonEdit

On August 1, Cyprien tore his ACL on a non-contact play during training camp. He was placed on injured reserve the next day, prematurely ending his season.[34]

On March 11, 2019, Cyprien was released by the Titans after Kenny Vaccaro was signed to a multi-year deal.[35]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

On August 2, 2019, Cyprien signed a 1-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.[36]

NFL statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2013 JAX 15 15 104 87 17 1.0 2 0 0 1 27 27.0 27 0 6
2014 JAX 15 15 114 80 34 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2015 JAX 14 14 108 78 30 0.0 1 1 0 1 48 48.0 48 0 2
2016 JAX 16 16 127 96 31 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2017 TEN 10 10 57 38 19 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2018 TEN 0 0 Did not play due to injury
Career 70 70 510 379 131 3.0 4 2 0 2 75 35 75 0 16


2017 TEN 2 2 11 10 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 2 2 11 10 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Personal lifeEdit

Cyprien has four siblings, Clay, Schnider, Sheena, and Christina. He started the CypSquad ARY Foundation in 2015 which benefits different programs for at-risk youth in the South Florida area. He is a snorkeling enthusiast and is working on his scuba certification. Additionally, Cyprien has a burgeoning career in real estate. He supplements his football earnings by investing in real estate, owning 13 properties in the Nashville, Jacksonville, and Miami areas as of 2018.[38][39]


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