One of the biggest storylines ahead of Week 16 is whether Trevor Lawrence will suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lawrence is currently in concussion protocol and will need to be cleared Saturday to play Sunday.
But whether Steezy Trev plays or not, the Jags need to show out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if they want to put an end to the three-game losing skid they're currently riding. Working in their favor is that the team remains focused in spite of Lawrence's potential absence. Head coach Doug Pederson met with the media Friday and praised his players for tuning out the noise.
"For the most part, there's been no distractions, not a lot of questions are wondering ifs or the buts. The guys are just focused on doing their job. In situations like this, with any players in concussion protocol, it's just up to the player himself, the healing and then going through the proper steps, so I think it's just business as usual."
If Lawrence doesn't suit up, Beathard will then get the nod of the center, and other players will need to step up, including outside linebacker Josh Allen, who's having a career year and is one of the team's top players regardless of the position. With that in mind, here are five players who'll need to step up against Tampa Bay and five predictions for each one of them.
5. Brandon McManus will nail two 50+ yard field goals
Brandon McManus missed two crucial field goals against the Baltimore Ravens. He missed another one against the Cincinnati Bengals and one the week before. All four have been behind the 40-yard line, so at least he's been delivering in short attempts. That said, he cannot keep missing long kicks, the reason the Jags moved on from Riley Patterson and brought him in.
McManus will redeem himself by nailing two field goals of 50+ yards in Week 16. He came up short last week, he'll bounce back against the Bucs.