Jacksonville Jaguars hardest incoming cut No. 4 – DT Doug Costin
Just like most players on this list, second-year defensive tackle Doug Costin may not get a fair shot. Last season, they thrust him into the starting lineup because they had nobody else to turn to.
The former RedHawk appeared in 12 games with nine starts and played 41 percent of the team’s total snaps on defense. He logged 32 total tackles, three for a loss and two passes defensed. While that kind of production doesn’t scream First-Team All-Pro, it’s pretty good, especially when you take into account he went undrafted last offseason.
You would think that Costin should be guaranteed a starting job after holding his own in 2020. However, he was part of a defense that ranked 31st in total yards and points allowed. Moreover, the team’s brass made upgrades to most positions this offseason, and defensive tackle was no exception.
The Jags traded for defensive tackle Malcom Brown and took Jay Tufele in Round 3 of this year’s draft. DaVon Hamilton is also healthy after suffering a knee injury that cut his rookie season short. Then, there’s former first-round pick Taven Bryan, whom the coaching staff seems to like.
Brown will most likely start and Hamilton will also play a big role in 2021 after showing flashes last year. Tufele might have a bigger ceiling than Costin. There’s no way the team would cut him after having just drafted him, so the sophomore defensive tackle’s days in Jacksonville may be numbered.