4 Jacksonville Jaguars on defense that need to shine vs Steelers

Tre Herndon #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Tre Herndon #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /
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Tre Herndon #37 (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

. . . Tre Herndon, cornerback. 2. player. 52

The Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback duo will play an important role.

Tre Herndon was the Jaguars starting cornerback this year up until Week 4. Then, Sidney Jones took over and had been the starter opposite of C.J. Henderson until Week 10. With the rookie cornerback now on the Injury Reserve list, Herndon will likely go back to the starting lineup.

This season, Herndon has registered 34 total tackles and two passes defensed. Also, he’s been targeted 33 times and allowed 330 yards and three touchdowns on 24 completions. He will likely be assigned to cover Steelers rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool.

Sidney Jones, cornerback. 1. player. 52. . .

With CJ Henderson out in Week 11, Sidney Jones is the Jaguars’ number one cornerback. The former second-round pick has fared well since he joined the starting lineup in Week 5 but he will have a tough task slowing down Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Last week against the Packers, Jones gave up a 78-yard touchdown while covering wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He was listed as questionable in the team’s latest injury report, but we would be surprised if he didn’t suit up.

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If Jones can hold his own in one-on-one matchups, limit big plays, and force a turnover, the Jaguars secondary could devote more attention to the Steelers passing attack and in turn, slow them down, that’s why Jones’ success will be so pivotal in Week 11.