After a busy offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars will finally have the chance to see all their new additions in action. Players reported on July 24th and the Jags will hold their first training-camp practice of the year on the 25th.
If the Jaguars want to make significant progress in the regular season, they will need several players, including Trevor Lawrence, to step up in training camp. With that in mind, here are four predictions for the upcoming weeks.
4. Jaguars LB Devin Lloyd will seize a starting job early on
Earlier this year, head coach Doug Pederson was asked what kind of role he expected for first-year linebacker Chad Muma. But instead of making any proclamations, he said he would need to see how he fares in training camp. The same could be true for fellow rookie Devin Lloyd but the Jaguars didn’t select the former Utah Ute 27th overall just to keep him on the bench.
By virtue of being a first-round pick, Lloyd will get every single chance to seize the starting job next to Foyesade Oluokun and he will waste no time and claim it early on. The California native has the athleticism and the tools to thrive in the NFL early on.
Back in college, Lloyd was asked to drop in coverage, rush the quarterback and play the run. His skill-set will easily translate into the pros, and he won’t be asked to do something he hasn’t done before, unlike fellow rookie Travon Walker who will be switching to full-time outside linebacker after fulfilling different roles at Georgia.
The Jaguars’ brass might not anoint Lloyd as the starter from the get-go but he will get most of the first-team reps, which will eventually lead to a role in the starting lineup in Week 1.