The Jacksonville Jaguars are playing the New Orleans Saints in a short week and could be without Trevor Lawrence, who's dealing with a knee injury. If he isn't good to go, offensive coordinator Press Taylor believes backup C.J. Beathard is capable of keeping the offense afloat.
"The confidence is very high that we can go out and run our offense and he can function at a high level," Taylor told the media Tuesday. "He's got experience in this league, he's got experience in our system, the guys around him trust him. We know we can go out and function in a solid way with the possibility to win the game."
As of this writing, Lawrence is questionable to play Thursday. He says he's going to do everything he can to play but he seems like a good bet to suit up. But whether he's good to go or not on Thursday Night Football, these five Jaguars must step up.
No. 5 Jaguars player who must shine vs. Saints in Week 7: Montaric Brown, CB
Cornerback Tyson Campbell suffered a hamstring injury Sunday and has not practiced this week. Head coach Doug Pederson said he's likely out, which means Montaric Brown will start opposite Darious Williams Thursday.
Although Campbell is a key cog in the Jaguars' secondary, defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell believes Brown is up to the challenge, "What he's done though training camp and out there in practice every day. He's a guy that works hard, we're confident with him going out there and he'll be ready to go."
Brown, a seventh-round pick in last year's draft, appeared in eight games with one start as a rookie. He replaced Campbell in Week 6 and will make his first start of the season against the New Orleans Saints.