No. 2 Jaguars player who must shine vs. the Raiders: Tyson Campbell, CB
Davante Adams, who recently praised Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley, has been dealing with the flu the last two weeks and he was limited in practice Wednesday. Even though he was sick, he still suited up against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8, so he will probably play against Jacksonville even if he isn’t 100 percent.
If Adams does play, he might match up with cornerback Tyson Campbell, who traveled with Cortland Sutton for most of last week’s game against the Broncos. A second-round pick in last year’s draft, Campbell has developed into one of the best young corners in the league.
Campbell has logged two interceptions this season (as many as he had in 2021) and it’s telling that the coaching staff feels comfortable with him shadowing their opponents’ No. 1 receiver at this stage of his NFL career.
No. 1 Jaguars player who must shine vs. the Raiders, Trevor Lawrence, QB
Depending on who you ask, Trevor Lawrence has either made strides this season or has underperformed but the truth may lie in the middle. The former Clemson Tiger has certainly improved and shown flashes of the talent that made him the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft.
On the other hand, Lawrence has made several mistakes and most of them come at crucial times. He’s thrown six picks this season and all of them have come either in the red zone or with the game on the line. Sure, he’s still developing but he needs to start helping the Jaguars win games sooner rather than later.
In Week 9, Lawrence will face a Raiders defense that is among the worst in the league in defending the pass, so this will be a great opportunity for him to take another step in the right direction.