Jaguars player that must shine vs. Colts No. 2 – DT Taven Bryan
It took him a while but defensive tackle Taven Bryan finally played the way the Jaguars envisioned when they made him the 29th overall pick in the 2018 draft. Against the Bills, the former Gator logged two sacks and four pressures.
Head coach Urban Meyer recently said the defensive front doesn’t always generate pressure in the interior but Bryan made it possible in Week 9. The Jaguars will need him to once again play at a high level if they want to pressure Colts quarterback Carson Wentz often.
Jaguars player that must shine vs. Colts No. 3 – S Rudy Ford
Safety Rudy Ford took over the slot in Week 9 and the coaching staff should be pleased with the results. The 2017 sixth-round pick worked his way up the depth chart and has gotten an increased workload in recent weeks. Mainly a special teams player for most of his career, the Jaguars are giving him a chance to show what he can do in an expanded role.
Ford registered the first interception of his NFL career against the Bills. He also logged seven total tackles, and three passes defensed. With cornerback Tre Herndon still nursing an MCL injury, Ford will continue to line up in the slot. If he continues performing at a high level, he might keep the job for the remainder of the season.