Jaguars CB Shaquill Griffin preparing for HOF game to help his teammates

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

The preseason gives NFL teams the chance to evaluate their roster, so starters don’t get much playing time. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin knows this but he will still prepare for the Hall-of-Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders as if it were any other game.

Griffin met with the local media on Day 7 of training camp and said that he wants to help his younger teammates however he can, so he will treat this game, which is three days away, like any other one even though he won’t get much playing time.

"My thing is I’m going to prepare and prep everything the same way. I feel like my thing is to make sure the young guys have everything they need possible. This is a time where either I might get me a series or two to work on steps, hand placement, or working on the calls but also gives a chance to help guys learn how to watch film correctly. Learn tendencies, what you should see in this formation, and what can you get out of it."

Griffin goes on to say that the preseason gives younger players to learn and to put on display what they bring to the table, “you’ve got to put your best foot forward, your best tape. You gotta be able to put it out there”.

The Jaguars will once again count on Shaquill Griffin to lead the way

The Jaguars weren’t very good last year but Griffin faced the media almost every week. This might not seem like a big deal but who wants to take answers when you’re coming off a blowout? Probably not many players but the veteran cornerback was always straightforward and never gave excuses. Instead, he held himself and the team accountable in the midst of the Urban Meyer debacle.

Looking back, it’s no surprise that Griffin was named team captain by his teammates before the beginning of the 2021 season and nobody will bat an eye if he gets the distinction once again. This Jaguars team is different from last year’s and there are several newcomers. Nevertheless, the former UCF Knight still stands out for his leadership.

Even though the Jags’ defense was among the worst in the league in 2021, Griffin performed relatively well. He didn’t record any interceptions but he did an adequate job covering the opponent’s No. 1 receiver. With Meyer now gone and better leadership in place, he should be better this upcoming season.

The Jags signed Darious Williams in free agency and sophomore Tyson Campbell will take on a bigger role in 2022. Nevertheless, Griffin is still leading the way on and off the field.

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