No. 2 Jaguars player who went missing in training camp: Chad Muma
You have probably heard that Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith isn’t pleased with how the negotiations for a new contract have gone and has formally requested a trade. The one team that shouldn’t be inquiring about the 2018 first-round pick is the Jaguars.
After all, Jacksonville revamped their linebacker corps this offseason, so pouring more resources into the unit would seem excessive, irresponsible even. Not only did they pay a premium for Foyesade Oluokun in free agency, but they also used first and third-round picks on Devin Lloyd and Chad Muma, respectively, in the 2022 draft.
Oluokun has started at one linebacker spot throughout most of the offseason. On the other hand, Lloyd could be in the starting lineup in Week 1 but has been dealing with a hamstring injury. You would think that Muma would take advantage of Lloyd’s absence and try to work his way up the roster but that hasn’t been the case.
In Lloyd’s absence, Shaquille Quarterman has practiced with the first team and started against the Raiders last week, and could be the first in line to line to start if Lloyd misses any more time down the road.
Muma was one of the top off-linebackers in this year’s draft but he slid to the third round. His selection seemed unnecessary after taking Lloyd in the first. However, the Jags couldn’t pass up the chance to land the former Wyoming Cowboy and selected him 70th overall. While it’s too early to say the front office dropped the ball on him, his NFL career isn’t off to a great start.