Jul 31, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz (27) runs during training camp workouts at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
5) Dwayne Gratz, cornerback, Jacksonville Jaguars
Starting cornerback Demetrius McCray is going to miss the game against the Detroit Lions. While Aaron Colvin will likely see most of his snaps for the Jacksonville Jaguars, missing another secondary player opens the door for Dwayne Gratz to show he can still be a relevant corner for the Jaguars.
The former starter has literally faded into irrelevance so far this offseason. Players like Davon House, McCray, and Colvin have dominated the attention and have stepped up, progressing as expected by the coaching staff.
Meanwhile, the former third-round pick seems to be lost, treading water while those around him are swimming victory laps.
According to Pro Football Focus, in his over 40 snaps so far this preseason Gratz has been targeted just once (which was caught, of course). He needs opportunities to prove he’s worthy and the preseason could provide that for him. Whether he gets enough time on the field is another matter.
Friday may just be his night with plenty of secondary players missing the game. I question whether he can step up, though.
Gratz simply hasn’t impressed. This may be his last chance this preseason to really prove himself and I worry that he isn’t going to capitalize on the opportunity. For that, he’s worth watching. Whether he steps up or not, keep an eye on Gratz.
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