Here are the studs from the Jaguars’ Week 12 loss to the Falcons.
1. Tyson Campbell, cornerback.
While the preseason is an important tool to evaluate talent, it’s not an accurate indicator of future success. This past offseason, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase struggled with drops but has gone on to become a legitimate Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. Similarly, cornerback Tyson Campbell played poorly but has improved and become a solid starter for the Jaguars.
The 33rd overall pick in the 2021 draft had his best game as a pro, logging two passes defender and his first career interception in Week 12. Moreover, he earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 94.1, the highest among Jaguars’ defenders. Campbell has repaid the trust the team’s brass placed on him after a somewhat slow start to the season.
2. Trevor Lawrence, quarterback.
Trevor Lawrence threw an interception but also put an end to his touchdown drought and completed one to Tavon Austin. He led a few solid drives and showcased his legs, tallying 39 yards on five runs. Even though the former Clemson Tiger supporting cast is far from optimal, he keeps showing growth.
Although the Jags need to make upgrades at most position groups, they won’t have to address the quarterback position next year. Moreover, Lawrence hasn’t reached his ceiling yet and has plenty of time to keep improving in 2021.
3. Brandon Linder, center.
In his first taste of action since getting hurt in Week 4, center Brandon Linder played well. The veteran appeared in every single snap and didn’t allow a single pressure in his return to the lineup. Moreover, he posted a PFF passing grade of 84.1.