Jacksonville Jaguars player who must shine No. 4 – Tyson Campbell
Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon is currently dealing with an MCL injury that he sustained in the preseason and is currently week-to-week. He didn’t suit up for the team’s Week 1 matchup and rookie Tyson Campbell took over slot duties. The Georgia product ended up playing 37 percent of the team’s defensive snaps and gave up a 100 percent completion rate. That’s surely not the kind of performance Jacksonville expected when they made him the 33rd overall pick in the 2021 draft.
You can trace back Campbell’s struggles back to the preseason. He has had a hard time turning his head around in coverage and the issue was still on display in Week 1. The cornerback isn’t lacking athleticism and has top speed. Thus, he needs to work on his fundamentals, and will most likely have to do it on the fly.
If Herndon doesn’t play again in Week 2, Campbell will once again get playing time. He’s currently the team’s best option in the slot, and he would have to struggle mightily to get benched. Looking back, trading cornerback Sidney Jones before the start of the season might have put additional pressure on the rookie to perform. Whether there’s some truth to that, he will need to deal with the mental hurdles and show out versus a Broncos.
C.J. Henderson and Shaquill Griffin will mostly handle wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton, leaving Campbell to cover whoever lines up inside, which could at times be tight end Noah Fant.