3. Jaguars’ secondary vs. Seahawks’ wide receiver corps.
DK Metcalf has been one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL since being drafted in 2019. His physicality is second to none and can score in a blink of an eye. Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen was asked in a recent sitdown with the local media how you stop the Mississippi product. Instead of talking about coverages, x’s, and o’s, he gave an upfront answer: You have to match his physicality, which is easier said than done.
Against the New Orleans Saints, Metcalf had just two receptions but one of them went for 84 yards. If given the chance to make a play, he will deliver. However, he’s not the only Seahawks’ receiver the Jaguars need to worry about. Tyler Lockett is one of the most underrated wideouts in the NFL.
The 2015 third-round pick posted 1,000-yard seasons in the past two seasons and has hauled in 29 receptions for 437 yards and three touchdowns in 2021. The Jaguars can’t devote many resources to Metcalf and neglect Lockett. Also, tight end Gerald Everett could do some serious damage in the middle, especially when you take into account that Jacksonville’s defense has been vulnerable in the second level.
Geno Smith isn’t a top-tier quarterback but if he can get the ball to either Metcalf and Lockett, the Seahawks will have a shot at winning the game. The Jags can’t allow that and must figure a way to slow down the wide receiver duo if they want to come out of Lumen Field with their second victory of the year.