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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K’Lavon Chaisson #45 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

Jacksonville Jaguars player No. 4 – EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson

After the Jaguars’ Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Urban Meyer said that it wasn’t difficult to find positives in the team’s performance. One of them was the play of the defense. It could be argued that allowing 23 points is nothing to brag about but the unit constantly made stops, and consistently pressured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Outside linebacker Dawuane Smoot led with Jaguars’ front seven with four pressures while EDGE rusher Josh Allen was his usual dominant self and logged one sack (his second one of the season) and pressures. Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis also chipped in with a sack but what about strong linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson? The second-year defender finished the game with one pressure and three tackles. That kind of output isn’t bad per but Jacksonville needs more from the 20th overall pick in last year’s draft.

Chaisson showed progress towards the end of the 2020 season, so it was reasonable to expect he would continue to grow. But that hasn’t been the case so far. He needs to flip the switch against the Cardinals. Also, he needs to work on his tackling. He’s already missed two tackles in two games for a concerning 28.6 miss rate. Chaisson needs to summon his inner Swiper and make a few impact plays in Week 3.