After enjoying a clean bill of health against the Indianapolis Colts, a player has popped up on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ injury report ahead of their Week 3 matchup. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin has been listed as questionable for the game but even if he doesn’t suit up, the Jags are in good shape ahead of the game.
Earlier this week, head coach Doug Pederson told the media the Jags would need all hands on deck against the Los Angeles Chargers. But even if Griffin isn’t good to go, the team has enough depth at the position to overcome his absence.
Third-year pro Chris Claybrooks is listed behind Griffin on the depth chart but the Jags could easily slide Darious Williams outside and have Tre Herndon line up in the slot. Keep in mind that Griffin hasn’t been ruled out yet, so there’s a chance he will play.
Having said that, Williams played in the boundaries during his stint with the Los Angeles Rams. The former UAB Blazer has been targeted 10 times this season and has allowed a respectable 8.0 yards per reception. Per PFF, 74 of his 89 defensive snaps have come in the slot and has only played one snap outside. In contrast, 80 percent of his snaps were in the boundaries last season.
Herndon has only played one defensive snap in 2022 but has experience playing inside and outside. He could man the slot if Williams starts in Griffin’s place. Conversely, the Jags could keep Williams at nickel and have Herndon play outside. Alternatively, the coaching staff could simply give Claybrooks the starting nod. Despite the fact that he’s suited up for both games this season, he hasn’t logged a single defensive snap, so this could be his chance to see the field.
The Jaguars are healthier than the Chargers ahead of Week 3
The biggest question mark surrounding the Chargers ahead of Week 3 is whether Justin Herbert will play. The quarterback will be a game-time decision but he’s not the only player who may not be available for the matchup.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen got the questionable tag for Week 3. Also, cornerback J.C. Jackson and center Corey Linsley are listed as doubtful. Not having any of them Sunday would be a significant blow for the Bolts. If fact the spread has been moved four points and the Jags are a 3-point underdog ahead of the game.
Regardless of who suits up for the Chargers, the Jaguars need to win this game. They’re currently at the top of the AFC South and a victory at SoFi Stadium would extend their lead. Simply, this is an opportunity they can’t afford to pass up.