3 Jaguars players skyrocketing up the depth chart after Preseason Week vs. Lions 2

Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Gregory Junior (34) react.
Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Gregory Junior (34) react. / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 1 player who's skyrocketing on the Jaguars depth chart, Gregory Junior

For the top slot on this list, it might have made sense to include one of the many Jaguars receivers competing for a roster spot. Elijah Cooks certainly made a strong case against the Lions after hauling in two receptions for 69 yards. The same is true for Tim Jones, who caught a huge 48-yard reception when neither team could get anything going on offense.

On the other hand, it's hard to clearly tell which receiver on the Jaguars' roster truly moved up the depth chart in Week 2 of the preseason. That's why sophomore cornerback Gregory Junior got the nod.

Just before the first half ended, Gregory Junior came through with a huge interception off quarterback Nate Sudfeld. The pick gave him three takeaways in the last two games.

A sixth-round pick in last year's draft, Junior was a non-factor in his rookie campaign. Then again, players, especially those picked on Day 3, need time to get acclimated to the pros. Thus, the Jags didn't expect much from Junior last year but he's now ready to contribute.

Early in training camp, head coach Doug Pederson told the media that Junior had "really stepped up". After two preseason games, it's fair to say that the praise was earned. Not only has the Ouachita Baptist product secured a roster spot but he should also be near the top of the depth chart.

Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams are starters in the perimeter but it's possible that Junior has done enough to get an extended look in the slot. Even if he doesn't outright take nickel duties away from Tre Herndon, Junior should most definitely get playing time next season.

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