There could be a spot on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster for Taven Bryan.
Defensive tackle Taven Bryan could be fighting for a roster spot heading into Week 3 of the preseason. However, defensive coordinator Joe Cullen liked what he saw in the team’s Week 2 matchup versus the New Orleans Saints.
Cullen thinks that if Bryan plays the way he did against the Saints, they will find a place on the roster for him.
"In terms of knockback up front, and the base packages and running in the football, he was really good and he’s just continuing to get better."
This isn’t the first time Bryan earns praise in spite of his lack of impact over the last three years. Defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi believes the Florida product has the athleticism and power to show up. Head coach Urban Meyer said the team wants him even though the team opted not to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.
Cullen isn’t saying Bryan is a lock to make the team. Rather, he thinks the defensive tackle needs to perform like he did in New Orleans on a consistent basis to earn a roster spot. In that game, he appeared in 26 snaps and posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 80.5.
Bryan has survived two rounds of roster cuts this year. If he shows out against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 of the preseason, he could earn a roster spot. The coaching staff believes he can do it, it’s up to him to prove them right.