Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 players who will be key to winning in Week 3

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
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WR Laviska Shenault Jr. (10) of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (29) (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

It hasn’t been a great start to a season for the Jacksonville Jaguars and things aren’t looking great ahead of their Week 3 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The Jags are currently an 8-point underdog and are in a two-game losing streak. On the other hand, they can’t just give up. Sure, this is a steep hill to climb but the Arizona Cardinals are vulnerable.

In Week 2, the Cards gave up 33 points to the Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins is far from a top-tier quarterback. Trevor Lawrence should definitely be able to sling the ball. The Jaguars had the offensive firepower to keep up with Arizona’s potent passing game. Also, the Jaguars seem to be close to putting together a reliable offense. Their defense and special teams played well against the Denver Broncos. They also looked more disciplined than they did in the season opener.

The work continues in Week 3. Here are five Jaguars that will need to step up against the Cardinals.

Jacksonville Jaguars player No. 1 – Wide receiver Laviksa Sheault Jr.

During the offseason, Laviska Shenault Jr. was seen as a candidate to have a breakout year in 2021. So far, that hasn’t been the case and the Colorado product has been a non-factor this season, hauling in nine receptions for 47 yards and no touchdowns. He finished Week 2 with -3 receiving yards, which affected total his 2021 average. Either way, that’s not the kind of performance you want from someone who is supposed to be a key cog. Also, he was credited with two drops against the Broncos.

Maybe the coaching staff needs to look for other ways to get him involved in the offense but Shenault definitely needs to play better in Week 3.