Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 players that won’t probably be back in 2022

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Jacksonville Jaguars player that won’t be back No. 4 – Taven Bryan

This one may be the least surprising entry on the list. Defensive tackle Taven Bryan is still part of the Jaguars’ roster as of this writing but he has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate ahead of the 2021 deadline. Then again, rookie Jay Tufele will be out for several weeks with a hand injury. This development will make it hard for Jacksonville to ship the former first-round pick before the deadline.

The Jaguars’ declined the fifth-year option in Bryan’s rookie contract earlier this year, and it’s hard to blame them. Even though head coach Urban Meyer said earlier this year they wanted to keep the defensive tackle it would be hard to justify retaining the defensive tackle beyond 2021. Nobody will deny the former Gator has all the physical traits to become a dominant player but he has not been about to get it together.

Bryan is already in Year 4 and hasn’t shown significant signs of becoming the difference-maker he Jags thought they were getting when they made him the 29th overall pick in the 2018 draft. Even though he’s stayed healthy and hasn’t missed a single game in his NFL career, he’s been a non-factor. In 54 games with 17 starts, the Florida product has logged a paltry 3.5 sacks, 77 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and one forced fumble.

The Jaguars’ new regime deserves credit for wanting it to make thigns work but it’s time they cut their losses and move on from Bryan. They already gave him several chances, he hasn’t been able to seize any of them.