No. 2 K'Lavon Chaisson figures to be in the Jaguars' plans for the 2023 season
Public perception doesn't always match a team's assessment of a player and that seems to be the case with outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson. A first-round pick in 2020, Chaisson has failed to live up to expectations, which led the Jags to decline the fifth-year option in his rookie deal. Moreover, he was thought to be on the roster bubble ahead of training camp but head coach Doug Pederson's latest comments might be a sign that the team has plans for him in 2023.
"When we're in base defense, he's a guy that's gonna be a rotational guy", Pederson said. Depth chart-wise, he's probably three behind Josh [Allen] and Travon [Walker] and then KC. But if he continues to improve and work the way he's been working in the offseason, hopefully, this camp is a good camp for him, you can see him in there a little bit more".
Chaisson has only logged three sacks in the last three years and has seen his playing time progressively decrease. The fact that the suffered a meniscus injury last year that forced him to miss time didn't help matters. Now, he'll have a chance to prove he deserves an expanded role in 2023.
While it's unrealistic to expect Chaisson to break out and register 10 sacks next season, the Jags need someone to step up after losing defensive end Arden Key to the Tennessee Titans in free agency. The coaching staff will give Chaisson a chance to fill that void, it's up to him to take advantage of the opportunity.