The Jaguars’ confidence in rookie CB Tyson Campbell hasn’t wavered.
The Jaguars haven’t gotten much production from their 2021 draft class. Other than quarterback Trevor Lawrence, only cornerback Tyson Campbell has seen the field often. The former Georgia Bulldog was trusted into the starting lineup early in the season with mixed results.
Although Campbell has shown flashes, he’s been overwhelmed at times. Against the Seahawks, he allowed four receptions for 67 yards on six targets, including the 27-yard catch that set Seattle’s first touchdown. Nevertheless, the Jaguars still believe in him. Joe Cullen liked the rookie’s performance in Week 8. He highlighted two plays in specific.
"One was a deep over and cover one where he’s right there. That was a great throw that Geno made, he had to put it in that spot. And the other one was to double the double pass. He was with his guys just making a play. He made a great play. We were in a zone, we broke on the ball and had the ball in his hands so he’s going to continue to get better and just get to keep improving."
Cornerback is one of the most difficult positions to play on defense and Campbell is still making the transition to the NFL. Unless he struggles badly, he will continue to get plenty of playing time.
One player that hasn’t seen the field for the Jaguars this season is edge rusher Jordan Smith. Cullen that’s due to the depth at the position but the 2021 fourth-round pick is getting better every will and it will be a matter of time before he cracks the defensive line rotation.
For the moment, the Jaguars don’t need Smith due to the presence of K’Lavon Chaisson, Dawuane Smoot, and Josh Allen. However, he needs to be ready so he isn’t caught off guard when he’s called upon. You could argue that the front office should have drafted someone that had a higher chance to contribute but player readiness is always variable, and Smith could play at any time.