These Jacksonville Jaguars must shine in training camp to make the roster

HC Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Trent Baalke, the team's GM (Imagn Images photo pool)
HC Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Trent Baalke, the team's GM (Imagn Images photo pool) /
3 of 5
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Luq Barcoo #3, 2020 (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

3. CB Luq Barcoo needs to show the Jacksonville Jaguars he’s improved.

Injuries are an inherent part of football; teams can’t control them but they can be prepared in case they happen. Last season, the Jaguars’ top three quarterbacks missed time with injuries and the team didn’t have adequate depth in place. That led the Jaguars to give undrafted rookie Luq Barcoo playing time. The San Diego State product appeared in three games with one start and logged ten total tackles and one pass defensed.

Barcoo was targeted 16 times and allowed 146 receptions and two touchdowns on 11 receptions. That’s worrisome when you take into account that he only played 14 percent of the Jags’ defensive snaps in 2020. In his defense, Jacksonville was a trainwreck last season, and he could benefit from having a full offseason to prepare. Nevertheless, he has a steep hill to climb to make the roster, as the team’s brass fortified their cornerback room this offseason.

The Jaguars brought back Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon. They also signed Shaquill Griffin and drafted Tyson Campbell. CJ Henderson should also be fully healthy after suffering a groin injury last season and undergoing labrum surgery earlier this year.

Just like every player on this list, Barcoo has to have an outstanding training camp but even that may not be enough, and could become a victim of the numbers game. His chances of making the team are currently slim. He’s another candidate to land in the practice squad if he isn’t released.