The Jacksonville Jaguars got their first look at rookie defensive lineman Sheldon Day in Thursday's preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons and what he did on the field made it worth the wait. Day missed the majority of training camp and the preseason with a back injury after tearing it up in OTAs, so it left a lot of fans wondering what he'd end up looking like in a live game. He finally made it back to practice this week and saw plenty of time on Thursday night.
"He was explosive. I thought he did a great job penetrating in the zone scheme which causes some disruption," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said about Day after the game. "You could see he disrupted some plays with his ability to get off the ball."
Day was a consistent problem in the backfield for the Atlanta Falcons in both the run game and as a pass rusher. On one of the Jaguars interceptions, Day put the offensive lineman trying to block him on his heels and just moved him right back towards to quarterback, quickening the throw.
One interesting thing to note with Day however, was that he did play some snaps as a traditional nose tackle, but not as a space eater. What the Jaguars did with him in that position was have him shoot gaps and disrupt running lanes, with good effect.
It's no doubt once the regular season as long as he's healthy, Day should be in regular rotation on the defensive line.