The Jacksonville Jaguars had a few players make their debut in Saturday’s third preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. One of which was their first round pick, defensive lineman Taven Bryan, who had missed the first two games with an abdominal strain. By all accounts Bryan had looked the part in the offseason and training camp, showing off his strength and athleticism, so many fans were eager to see him in a live game.
“I just wanted to come out and feel the speed of the game and knocking off the rust was probably the biggest thing for me,” Bryan said after the game when asked how it felt to play his first snaps. “Obviously, I missed a couple of games but knocking that dust off was really good and getting a feel for the game, we’ll have some tape tonight and I’ll see what I need to fix and where I need to go from here.”
Overall Bryan had a solid, but uneventful game, which is about what was expected. He didn’t look totally lost or out of his element, but you can tell he’s still getting used to playing defensive end.
“Just getting used to playing defensive end,” Bryan said when asked if anything threw him through a loop in the game. “I’m more comfortable and used to playing a three technique, so I really enjoy it when I do get a chance to go down there. But I definitely need to get used to playing end.”
Bryan had a couple of decent rushes and flashed the power everyone knew he had, pushing back some offensive lineman. He also flashed his athleticism, crashing down the line on the backside of runs and cleaning up/chasing down ball carriers. It would have been nice to see Bryan get more action in the preseason, but he looked the part in his limited game action on Saturday evening.
“Yes, kind of what I expected,” Bryan said after the game. “One of the biggest things is I go against a great offensive line, so I’m used to it and the guys we have here are pretty stupid good to be honest. And when you go against somebody else you’re kind of used to it with the speed.”
The Jaguars are in a bit of a luxury spot in that they don’t need Bryan to be a big time contributor right out of the gate. Especially now with the injury slowing him down, they can afford to really ease him into the lineup and the defensive line rotation.