When the Jaguars open camp this week, all eyes will be on the plethora of stars the team suddenly has, such as Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, Leonard Fournette, etc.
While there are many big names on the team that will garner most of the fan and media attention, there are a few lesser known players who I’ll be keeping an eye on as they may make a push as this year’s Keelan Cole.
Leon Jacobs, Linebacker
The Jaguars drafted the 6’1 245 lbs. FBS record holder for games played, in the seventh round of the 2018 Draft. Jacobs’ immediate impact will likely be special teams, but he can find himself in the conversation for the SAM linebacker spot along with the clubhouse leader, Blair Brown, with a solid camp and preseason.
Tyler Patmon, Cornerback
Patmon came on strong in camp last season, somewhat surprisingly making the final roster and ended up dressing and making appearance in 13 games in 2017. The Jaguars signed veteran DJ Hayden in the off-season, with the expectation he becomes the replacement for the departed Aaron Colvin at the nickel corner spot. However, another summer like Patmon had last year and a preseason showing that he can play on the inside, and he may push Hayden out of that role on the depth chart.
Tim Cook, Running Back
The first-year player out of Oregon State doesn’t get mentioned in the conversation regarding the spell backs for Leonard Fournette, but could be a surprise name to watch this summer at the position. The Jaguars have plenty of options for a speedy, versatile back to compliment Fournette, with TJ Yeldon and Corey Grant, but neither of those two offer the same big-back style as Fournette. Cook, at 6’0 242 lbs., can possibly provide the Jaguars with another option to take the load off Fournette, or in the event he gets injured, as Chris Ivory often filled in 2017.