The Jacksonville Jaguars have taken advantage of the weakened state of the AFC South and find themselves in first place after two weeks of football. However, they can’t afford to slip and must extend their lead if they want to stay at the top.
Next on the Jags’ schedule are the Los Angeles Chargers. They’re currently a 7-point underdog but have enough power on offense and a solid defense to come out of SoFi Stadium with their second win of the year. Moreover, Justin Herbert is day-to-day and might not play after suffering a fracture to his rib cartilage against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.
Whether Herbert suits up or not, Jacksonville will need to account for these five Chargers in Week 3.
No. 5 Charger the Jaguars must contain in Week 3: Derwin James, S
The Jaguars had no trouble moving the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2 but it will be considerably more difficult against the Chargers’ defense. One player Trevor Lawrence can’t afford to lose track of for even one play is safety Derwin James, who can line up anywhere on the field.
James plays the run well and can get after the quarterback; he sacked Derek Carr in the season opener. But he also excels in coverage and can keep up with the best tight ends in the league.
A first-round selection in the 2018 draft, the former Florida State Seminole earned First-Team All-Pro honors in his first NFL season. However, he dealt with injuries in 2019 and 2020 and was limited to five games. James bounced back last year and has been his usual self this season, logging 15 total tackles, and one sack.