"If we'd played a game today, Jayon would be our nickel back," Coach Jim Mora said. "That says a lot about where he is, but it also says a lot about our lack of experience."
Mora added, "Thankfully, we've got a good front seven because your coverage's best friend is a good pass rush."
Martin has brought the group along during training camp.
"Obviously, we've got a lot of young guys, and we have to see what they can do in the middle of battle," Martin said. "I'm kind of letting the leash get long right now so we can coach them up."
There has been an aggressive nature to the pass coverage during training camp. Evans laughed and pointed to the scratches on his neck and said, "Look here," when asked about UCLA defensive backs.
"Someone has to trim their nails," Evans said.
The jokes stopped this week.
Adams and receiver Devin Lucien went after each other following a play, and things escalated, with Evans coming off the sideline to confront Jefferson. Peace was restored the following day, but the defensive backs have continued to take a hands-on approach.
"They are going to get in people's faces," Evans said. "I love it."
Sure, once camp is over, he won't have to deal with it. Opponents will.
"We're going to be tested," Adams said. "Teams are going to come at us. We won't even know what a running play is. I'm 5 [feet] 8. People are going to try my side early. I'm looking forward to it."
Martin likes the versatility of the group.
Adams and Moreau both have the potential to be lock-down corners. That allowed Jefferson to move to safety, where he can direct. During a recent practice, he barked out to Willis, "Be ready, they may take a shot here."
"There is nothing lonelier on this planet than playing cornerback," Jefferson said. "You can't be lazy or lax ever."
So you sink or swim?
"These guys are all interchangeable, they can play nickel, dime safety, corner," Martin said. "They have bought into that. There is no reason they can't be the best."