5 Jacksonville Jaguars tumbling down the depth chart during preseason

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium (Imagn Images photo pool)
Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium (Imagn Images photo pool) /
4 of 5
Jacksonville Jaguars
Cleveland Browns WR Davion Davis #18 and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell #32 (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports) /

Jacksonville Jaguars player tumbling down No. 4 – CB Tyson Campbell

Rookie Tyson Campbell took advantage of cornerback C.J. Henderson’s extended absence in training camp. The Georgia product spent time with the first-team defense and seemed poised to compete for the starting job opposite Shaquill Griffin. Alas, he gave up a touchdown reception against the Brown in Week 1 of the preseason.

Now, it’s not the end of the world and you can’t undo all the work Campbell has put in throughout the offseason just because of a bad play but his path to the starting lineup won’t be automatic. Especially, when you take into account that Henderson started practicing last week and has gotten back on track since then.

The Jaguars have plenty of depth at cornerback but other than Griffin, it’s uncertain who’s going to start in Week 1 of the regular season. Henderson currently seems like the frontrunner but Sidney Jones has also had a productive training camp.

On the other hand, Tre Herndon suffered an MCL sprain and is currently week-to-week. Before the injury, he was poised to start on the slot but Campbell will now have the chance to take his place. Campbell would still have to compete for the nickel job but he still has a chance to start in the season opener.

Even if the former Bulldog doesn’t start in Week 1, might still see the field often. The Jaguars’ didn’t select him in Round 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft just to keep him on the bench. Still, Campbell needs to shine in the next two games.