A.J. Bouye’s desire to improve his skill set as an elite cornerback is so strong that he sought out advice this offseason from some of the top wide receivers he faced last season to get tips on their techniques.

Bouye said one of the receivers willing to share was Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown during the Pro Bowl in February when they were teammates on the AFC team.

"He saw how I kind of played him in the first game (in October) and he adjusted and I didn’t," said Bouye, referring to the Jaguars’ 30-9 victory during Week 5 in which they picked off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times.

"He was showing me some of the stuff he was doing, and he was doing it in the walkthrough during the Pro Bowl practices. I was just like, ‘All right. I am going to start playing that (style) and work on certain things with my body just to stay stronger at the top of the route.'"

In 2017, few cornerbacks had a more productive season than Bouye. His six interceptions tied for third most in the NFL and his 18 pass breakups were the sixth highest in the league.

Behind Bouye and Ramsey, the Jaguars were the top pass defense in the NFL (169.9).

They are striving to have a more productive year in 2018 — individually and teamwise.

Ramsey earned his first Pro Bowl selection and was a first team All-Pro pick.

In January, the Jaguars were less than nine minutes away from clinching their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history after holding a 20-10 lead in the AFC Championship game against New England.

But they couldn’t stop the 40-year-old Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from directing two late fourth-quarter scoring drives that led to their 24-20 come-from-behind victory.

"We can only go up from what we did last year," Ramsey said. "That is the goal. Everybody — to an extent — everybody, individually, has to grind and do their job. But when it all comes together, collectively, I believe that we will be in good shape."

The Jaguars were the only team in the league with four players ending the regular season with at least four interceptions.

Ramsey had a career-high four interceptions and safeties Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson matched his total.

The Jaguars had a team-record 21 interceptions and they scored 137 points from turnovers — the most in the NFL last season.

Yet, the biggest change this season is not having reliable nickelback Aaron Colvin. Unable to reach a contract extension agreement, Colvin signed with the rival Houston Texans after spending four seasons in Jacksonville.

"Everybody knows A.C. (Colvin) was my dude," Ramsey said. "I would have loved to keep him here (and) keep this secondary together, but that is just the name of the game. That is how business is sometimes, and I am sure D.J. Hayden is going to fill that role very well. Of course, we are going to help him as well.”

The Jaguars signed Hayden to replace Colvin. He’s on his third team since he was the 12th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2013. Hayden had nine pass breakups for the Detroit Lions last season but he didn’t play the nickel.

"Initially, it was a rough start because he did not know the defense, but he grew every day, especially in our Phase 2 sessions," secondary coach Perry Fewell said. "He has really grown in our OTAs sessions.

"There are still some zone coverage responsibilities that he has not seen enough of, so he needs as many reps as he possibly can take so that it becomes rote memory for him. We like what we have seen out of him so far. We really like his man coverage skills, too.”

Fewell also liked what he saw from rookie strong safety Ronnie Harrison during the offseason program. He appeared to be instinctive in making the right reads and his athleticism showed in his coverage skills.

"I think he is going to be a very physical football player," Fewell said. "We do not know that until pads come on, but he has the traits of having the height, weight, size and speed that you look for in a good football player.”

The top competition battles in training camp will be for the backup cornerback and safety spots. There are 10 cornerbacks competing for possibly five spots. Backup cornerback Tyler Patmon continues to be steady and should make the 53-man roster.

Cody Davis is vying for one of the backup safety spots though he was signed to improve the Jaguars’ special teams. Jarrod Wilson, Don Carey and Charlie Miller will be in a battle to earn a roster spot.