No. 2 Jaguars player who must perform in Week 14: Darious Williams, CB
Cornerback Darious Williams was one of the Jags’ key acquisitions in free agency, signing a three-year deal worth $30 million. But his play has left a bit to be desired. Against the Lions, he allowed seven receptions on nine targets for 75 yards with one touchdown. For the season, he’s posted a 50.8 Pro Football Focus grade.
Granted, Williams wasn’t the only Jaguars cornerback that struggled against Detroit. Tyson Campbell, who has played at a Pro Bowl level for most of the season, also gave up five receptions and a touchdown in Week 13.
Campbell has mostly lined up in the slot this season but has also seen time in the boundaries. Regardless of where he plays, he needs to bounce back against a Titans team that will be without wide receiver Treylon Burks.
No. 1 Jaguars player who must perform in Week 14: Travis Etienne, RB
As of this writing, Trevor Lawrence’s availability for Sunday is still in question but whether he plays or not, the Jaguars will need to lean on running back Travis Etienne.
Against the Lions, Jacksonville got behind early in the contest and couldn’t really establish the running game. The week before, Etienne had to exit the game with a foot injury but doesn’t seem to have had any setbacks.
The Jaguars will next face a Tennessee defense that does a good job stymieing the run. Nevertheless, they need to get Etienne involved early and often, even if it doesn’t pay off immediately. This will be especially important if C.J. Beathard gets the starting nod in Week 14.