No. 4 Jaguars player who must shine vs. the Lions: Ventrell Miller, LB
Linebacker Shaquille Quarterman hasn't been great in the preseason and he's entering a contract year. Then there's the fact that the Jags could free up a bit over $1 million in cap space if they were to move on from him. The Miami game could be his last if he doesn't make a strong impression or rookie Ventrell Miller shines.
Miller, a fourth-round pick in this year's draft, played through a foot injury last season. He underwent a procedure to repair it earlier this year and spent the offseason recovering. He's now healthy and ready to contribute. Against Detroit, he had two total tackles and a sack. If he once again has a good outing, keeping him over Quarterman for the 2023 season will be an easy decision.
No. 3 Jaguars player who must shine vs. the Lions: Raymond Vohasek, NT
Earlier in the offseason, seventh-round pick Raymond Vohasek seemed like a long shot to earn a roster spot but he came though in the offseason and seems to have a favorable chance of making the cut. Against the Lions, he registered just one total tackle but it was a heck of a good one. He made his way through the gap to make the tackle.
Defensive tackle/end DaVon Hamilton is expected to miss an indefinite amount of time with a non-football injury. Players such as Vohasek and fellow rookie Tyler Lacy will need to step up during his absence.