No. 2 Jaguars player whose stock is plummeting: Walker Little, OT
Sophomore Walker Little’s switch to right tackle has been relatively seamless. While he’s had down days, he’s also shown signs of progress over the last few months. Nevertheless, he’s still competing with Jawaan Taylor for the starting job and his performance against the Steelers could end up tipping the scale in Taylor’s favor.
Little appeared on 16 pass-blocking snaps and gave up two total pressures one hurry and a sack to outside linebacker T.J Watt. It’s true that Watt is one of the best end rushers in the NFL but Little’s margin for error is slim, especially when you consider that Taylor hasn’t surrendered a single pressure on 30 pass-blocking snaps in the last two games.
Taylor missed several days of training camp with a hamstring injury but it doesn’t seem like it hurt him one bit. Heading into Week 3 of the preseason, he has a legitimate shot at seizing the right tackle job. However, the battle is not over yet and Little will have the chance to make up ground in the upcoming days.
Head coach Doug Pederson told the media that the Steelers game would be an important part of the evaluation at right tackle but he added that the joint practices against the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason finale and the matchup itself would also carry weight.
Pederson and the coaching staff will probably announce the winner of the battle for the starting job after the preseason finale, so Little must have a superb week of practice and an outstanding outing against the Falcons if he doesn’t want to start the regular season on the bench.