One of the harshest truths of NFL football is that players are one injury or bad performance away from losing their starting job and getting benched. That’s the nature of a sport in which every year, clubs replenish their roster in free agency and the draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars are no different and will have their fair share of turnover in 2022.
There are several Jaguars players poised to compete for starting jobs in training camp but there are also a few that could find themselves watching from the sidelines as the season progress. Here are four of them.
No. 4 Jaguars starter who could be benched in 2022: Malcom Brown, DT
The Jaguars’ defense had a hard time stopping opposing teams from scoring at will in 2020. That’s why the team’s brass beefed up their defensive front last offseason. And one of the most significant moves they made was sending a seventh-round selection to the New Orleans Saints in
Brown went on to start all 17 games and play 61 percent of the defensive snaps. He finished the year with 2.0 sacks, 57 total tackles, and four tackles for a loss. All in all, the former Texas Longhorn did a solid job of taking on blockers and clogging up running lanes. And he should once again be part of the starting lineup when the Jags take on the Washington Commanders in Week 1.
Having said that, there’s a chance Brown will lose playing time to newcomer Folorunso Fatukasi and DaVon Hamilton in 2022. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as logging fewer snaps could ultimately keep him fresh and increase his effectiveness. Also, the coaching staff may want to see what they have in sophomore Jay Tufele, who could earn a bigger role if he manages to stay healthy.