The Jacksonville Jaguars won four straight games after losing two in a row. One big reason for the turnaround is that several players have stepped up. Among them are wide receiver Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram who've picked up where they left off last year. Similarly, Trevor Lawrence is reminding everyone that he's a top 10-quarterback in the league.
On the other hand, there are a few players the Jags expected to have a big role in 2023 but have instead underperformed. In particular, these three haven't lived up to expectations this season.
No. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars player who's disappointed this season: Chad Muma, LB
Let's get it out of the way, Devin Lloyd is the unquestioned starter next to Foyesade Oluokun. However, it was a bit odd if not right out disappointing not to see Chad Muma challenge Lloyd after flashing potential last year.
Muma was among the top linebacker prospects in last year's draft but he slid to Round 3 for some reason. Although the Jacksonville Jaguars had already selected Lloyd in the first round, they didn't want to pass up the chance and picked Muma.
The Jaguars installed Lloyd in the starting lineup despite the fact that he missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury. However, he eventually struggled and was benched in favor of Muma. The former Wyoming Cowboy ended up making two starts but suffered an ankle injury that paved the way for Lloyd to return.
This year, Lloyd opened training camp as the starter and there was no competition for the spot next to Oluokun. However, a thumb injury in Week 3 sidelined him for two games and Muma got a chance to make an impression. Unfortunately, he struggled and returned to the sidelines when Lloyd was healthy enough to play.
Since Lloyd came back in Week 6, Muma has played a total of three defensive snaps. Either way, that's not the kind of production you expect from a player that had previously flashed starting potential.