If you watch the Jacksonville Jaguars play in 2020, you will agree that not having enough difference-makers played a big role in their 1-15 record. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to see them revamp most position groups and fortify their roster this offseason.
Even though the Jags will rely on a few veterans such as linebacker Myles Jack and center Brandon Linder, they will need several young players to make an impact in the 2021 NFL season. These five have seen their stock go up in the preseason.
Jacksonville Jaguars player trending up No. 1 – DaVon Hamilton
It was easy to get frustrated watching the Jags play in 2020. Then again, there were a few bright spots, including then-rookie defensive tackle Davon Hamilton. The Ohio State product moved up the depth chart and made his first start in Week 6. He quickly became a key cog in the team’s defensive front.
For a span of five weeks, Hamilton was one of the Jaguars’ best defenders. Nevertheless, he sustained a knee injury in Week 11 that put an end to his rookie campaign. So far, he has shown no lingering effects from the lesion. But he was facing another hurdle.
Heading into training camp, it was uncertain if the 2020 third-round pick was going to be a good fit in defensive coordinator Joe Cullen’s scheme. Hamilton quickly showed no lingering effects from the injury he suffered last season and has instead thrived. He played a major role in limiting the Browns’ rushing attack to just 41 rushing yards in Week 1 of the preseason.