No. 3 Jaguars member who will foster a positive culture: Foyesade Oluokun, LB
You have probably heard that players are worth whatever a team is willing to pay them. But for a moment, it felt like the Jaguars had overpaid for linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, who got a three-year deal worth $45 million last season.
After all, off-linebacker don't often get top-market money in today's NFL. Also, Oluokun isn't great in coverage. But if you stop looking at what he doesn't do well and focus on what he excels at, the Jaguars got plenty of bang for their buck when they signed him.
Besides leading the league in total tackles for the second straight year, Oluokun also shows the ability to bring the heat in 2022, registering 15 total pressures and two sacks on 72 pass-rush snaps. But that's not where the veteran's impact ends. He's become a positive influence and someone to look up to for his younger teammates.
Despite the fact that Doug Pederson dismissed most veterans from mandatory camp, Oluokun showed up at the facility to be of guidance. Keep in mind that he could've chosen to go fishing, watch the Black Mirror Season 6, or do whatever he's into but instead wanted to show support for his teammates.
Oluokun says that his teammates during his stint with the Atlanta Falcons showed him the ropes and he's passing the mantle in Jacksonville, via Juston Lewis of the Florida Times-Union:
"You know, I remember my first years in Atlanta, I didn't really talk to the vets that much at first until they told me like, 'Yo, you gotta talk to those older guys... I had a locker right next to Julio [Jones] and Devonta Freeman. I still didn't know [them]. I was scared to talk to them but just me talking with them, kind of builds that relationship, earns their trust. "
Basically, Falcons players showed him how to act like a pro and he's doing the same for his young teammates. That's how you consistently foster a great locker-room culture.