The Jacksonville Jaguars raised a few eyebrows in the 2022 NFL Draft when they selected linebacker Chad Muma in the third round. After all, they had already taken Devin Lloyd in the first round and signed Foyesade Oluokun in free agency. Nevertheless, the team’s brass might have felt that they couldn’t pass on the Wyoming Cowboy and chose him with the 70th overall selection
Muma couldn’t be happier he went to the Jags. He recently showed up at the Special Olympics Fantasy Camp and told Graham Marsh of 1010 XL that he’s happy to be part of the Jacksonville community.
"I’m loving Jacksonville and just being able to call it my home now is awesome, especially because of the people that are here. Just the community and everyone that comes together to do events like this is really special. And so I’ve just loved being in Jacksonville and calling Jacksonville my home."
Later in the interview, Muma says he’s spending the offseason training camp. And other the going home to attend a wedding, he will be in Jacksonville for the Summer. Here’s the whole clip in case you want to watch it.
The Jaguars will find a way to get Chad Muma in the lineup
It’s great to see young players getting acclimated to their new surroundings. And contrary to what former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss once said, Jacksonville is a great place to live. Is crime committed? Yes, but not at the rate Moss implied. You won’t hear players complain about living there. In fact, the only negative things you may hear from former players are about are regarding their experience playing for the Jaguars, but not the city itself.
Based on Muma’s comments, it looks like he’s already got used to living in Jacksonville. Moreover, he’s taking advantage of the offseason to get ready for his first NFL season. The Colorado native will probably start the season behind Oluokun and Lloyd, which means that he must make the most out of every single rep he gets in training camp.
Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson was recently asked what role he envisions Muma having. He said he first need to see what he needs to see what he and other players can do with pads on, which is the right thing to do. Why would he commit to a player before evaluating him and other players in training camp? If Muma makes a positive impression, the coaching staff will find a way to get him involved.
It’s hard to tell how the Jaguars will use Muma in his rookie year. They have a well-rounded linebacker backer corps and even if he doesn’t get a featured role as a rookie, he should be able to play one way or another. For the time being, he’s enjoying his time in Jacksonville.