Taven Bryans has been a non-factor for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars defense was dead last in points allowed in 2020. Their front four wasn’t able to generate pressure upfront and was a liability against the run. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash couldn’t get the unit going but David Caldwell should also shoulder some of the blame, as he failed to supply him with adequate talent.
The ‘Jags’ drafted defensive tackle Taven Bryan in 2018, hoping he would fortify an already stout defense that logged 55 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, and 21 interceptions. Instead, they got a player that has struggled to stay in the starting lineup. In three seasons with the team, the Florida product has started just 17 games, recording 71 total tackles, one forced fumble, and 3.5 sacks.
Hindsight is 20/20 but one common theme during Doug Marrone’s era was the team’s inability to find talent. Back in 2018, this Jacksonville team had the opportunity to draft someone like quarterback Lamar Jackson or All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard. Alas, they opted for Bryan, who played on just 46 percent of the team’s total snaps on defense in 2020 and is running out of time.