No. 2 Jaguars player who's seen his stock up go up after training camp: Gregory Junior, CB
Chris Claybrooks isn't the only cornerback that has stood out in training camp. Sophomore Gregory Junior has also made a positive impression and even got praise from Doug Pederson when he was asked which player has shown the most growth. One important difference between the two though is that Claybrooks mostly lines up in the boundaries whereas Junior has gotten lots of work in the slot throughout the summer.
Junior, a sixth-round selection in last year's draft, is proof that some players need a bit more time than others to contribute. He was waived before the start of the regular season and promptly signed to the practice squad. He was then promoted to the active roster near the end of the year and went on to appear in one game. Now in Year 2, the Ouachita Baptist product seems poised to make the team's 53-man roster and have a big role.
Now, Junior isn't guaranteed anything yet. He needs to keep showing progress if he wants to take the nickel role away from incumbent Tre Herndon. Right now, Herndon seems to be the favorite to handle slot duties in 2023 but if Junior has a solid preseason, he could pass him on the depth chart.
Now, it's not a given that Junior will unseat Herndon but the fact that he's in a position to do so is a statement of his perseverance and the progress he's made since being the first player in Ouachita Baptist history to be drafted.