No. 2 Jaguars player who must shine vs. the Lions: Snoop Conner, RB
Rookie Snoop Conner has seen his stock drop since the end of the 2022 season. Not only has the Jaguars signed D'Ernest Johnson and drafted rookie sensation Tank Bigsby but Cooner hasn't done much to make you think he'll stay around in 2023.
The former Ole Miss Rebel has been less than stellar in two preseason contests, he's toted the rock 12 times for a measly 33 yards. To make matters worse, he wasn't facing the Lions' or Cowboys' first-team defense but rather a bunch of backups and third-stingers. Simply, that kind of production won't cut it next season.
If roster cutdown day were today, Conner would probably be on the outside looking it. This is why he must shine against Miami, even if the odds are against him.
No. 1 Jaguars player who must shine vs. the Lions: Kendrick Pryor, WR
The Jaguars have a logjam at wide receiver, and they'll need to make a few tough decisions when they need to trim down the roster to 53 players. The four top spots are earmarked for Jamal Agnew, Christian Kirk, Calvin Ridley and Zay Jones.
This leaves several wideouts competing for one or two roster spots, depending on how many Jacksonville decides to carry into the regular season. Jacob Harris, Seth Williams, Tim Jones and Elijah Cooks have made a strong case in training camp and the preseason. This could potentially make Kendrick Pryor a victim of the numbers game.
After going undrafted last year, Pryor spent training camp and the preseason with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was waived before the regular season began. He was claimed by the Jags not long after but was an inactive every single game.
While Pryor made the cut last year, he will have a harder time this time around, especially if he flops against the Dolphins.