No. 4 Jaguars player who must show out vs. the Giants: Foley Fatukasi, DT
The Jaguars signed defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi to stop opposing teams from running the ball and that’s precisely what he’s done when he’s available. However, he’s missed the last two games and has been limited in practice with a quad injury this week.
If Fatukasi isn’t good to go Sunday, Jacksonville struggle to contain Giants running back Saquon Barkley. Conversely, having him in the lineup will increase their chances of containing the 2018 first-round pick.
Outside linebacker Josh Allen recently told Mia O’Brien of 1010 XL how huge is having the mammoth defensive tackle in the lineup, “Foley is obviously a freak of nature“. In any other setting, that would be considered an insult but that’s one of the highest compliments a football player can get.
No. 3 Jaguars player who must show out vs. the Giants: Travis Etienne, RB
Better late than ever and even though it took running back Travis Etienne one year to make an impact — through no fault of his own — taking him 25th overall in last year’s draft is paying off. After getting a limited workload in the first two games of the season, the former Clemson Tiger has seen an uptick in playing time in the last four.
Given that Etienne is averaging 5.6 yards per carry this season and has shown an affinity to make big plays, the Jaguars will most likely keep feeding him the ball. Sure, James Robinson will still get his fair share of snaps but it’s hard to justify keeping Etienne on the sidelines when he’s made the most of his opportunities.
Even though the Giants have given up the seventh-fewest points in the league, their defense ranks 28th in rushing yards allowed. This should entice the Jaguars coaching staff to give Etienne the ball as much as possible.