No. 4 Jaguars player who must perform in Week 14: Luke Fortner, C
Center Luke Fortner has low-key had a productive rookie campaign. It’s possible that he hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention because of the position he plays or because he was a third-round selection. Either way, he’s been a starter from Day 1 and hasn’t missed a single offensive snap.
Against the Lions, the former Kentucky Wildcat didn’t allow a single pressure and posted a 73.7 Pro Football Focus pass-rushing grade. In Week 14, Fortner is often going up against defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, who excels at creating pressure up front. With defensive end Denico Autry already being ruled out, this could turn out to be one of the most important matchups of the game.
No. 3 Jaguars player who must perform well Week 14: Zay Jones, WR
Wide receiver Zay Jones was responsible for one of the Jaguars’ most disappointing performances against Detroit. Coming off a career game the week before, Jones dropped three passes and caught two passes for a measly 16 yards on 16 targets. That’s not the kind of production you expect from someone that got a three-year deal worth $24 million earlier this year.
Doug Pederson told the media Monday that Jones “is very prideful” and will bounce back. He’s currently listed as questionable for Sunday, so there’s a chance he won’t suit up. But if he does, he can’t afford to have a bad outing for the second straight week.