4 Jacksonville Jaguars on defense that need to shine vs Steelers

Tre Herndon #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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. . Josh Allen, defensive end. 4. player. 52.

The Jacksonville Jaguars must control the line of scrimmage.

Defensive end Josh Allen hasn’t been as dominant as he was in his rookie season when he recorded 10.5 sacks, 44 total tackles, and two forced fumbles. This season, the sophomore has amassed just 2.5 sacks and 13 total tackles. Injuries have slowed him down in 2020 and he’s listed as questionable for the Steelers game.

To make matters worse, there’s not another pass rusher on the roster that can complement Allen, so the pressure to perform will lay mainly on him. If he can’t go on Sunday, the team Jaguars may have a hard time generating pressure upfront.

player. 52. . . . Doug Costin, defensive tackle. 3

Doug Costin slowly earned playing time this season before he suffered a concussion. He didn’t dress up against the Packers but head coach Doug Marrone said the former RedHawks defensive tackle is good to go against the Steelers.

Taven Bryan was a non-factor in Week 10, so Costin will likely make his third start of the season. The Jaguars front four need to generate as much pressure as they can upfront and the rookie defensive tackle will give them a chance to do so. He played around 45 percent of the team’s total snaps on defense in his two starts, he could have a similar role versus Pittsburgh.