The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without Doug Costin against the Packers.
In a not surprising twist, the Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out rookie defensive tackle Doug Costin for their Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. The Miami product left the team’s Week 9 game with a concussion and won’t be cleared by Sunday.
With Costin out of the picture, we will see defensive tackle Taven Bryan return to the starting lineup. The former Redhawks defender was making his second start of the season and had his playing time increased in recent weeks, we won’t be seeing his making his third start against the Packers.
Despite the fact Coustin just played in 29 snaps, 45 percent of the team’s total on defense, he was Pro Football Focus’ second highest-graded rookie defender in Week 9. His 87.9 overall grade was second to teammate Davon Hamilton’s 89.7.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are focused on Week 10.
Head coach Doug Marrone said in a recent sitdown with the local media he likes what he’s seen in Costin. He doesn’t know whether the defensive tackle will get more reps, but he’s pleased with his performance. We don’t blame the coach for erring on the side of caution.
There is no point to publicly say that Costin will have a bigger role and could be counterproductive. On one hand, that could place additional pressure on the rookies shoulders. He’s currently dealing with a concussion and nobody knows when he will be cleared. Concussions are delicate and don’t follow a specific timetable and having a bigger role on the Jaguars defense should not be Costin’s priority right now, getting healthier is.
In the meantime, we will see a heavy dose of Bryan again. This season, the Jaguars 2018 first-round pick has played in all eight games and started seven. In that span, he has registered 11 total tackles, three of them for a loss. Hopefully, Costin can clear the concussion protocol soon and pick up where he left off in Week 9.