Jaguars’ Tevan Bryan calls for self-improvement ahead of 2019 season
Taven Bryan had a rookie season to forget. Entering his second NFL go-around with a year of experience under his belt and a more simplified role, it goes without saying that the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman should be a far more impactful player in 2019. If Bryan fails to live up to that possibility, though, he’ll be blaming no one but himself.
“I haven’t really shown what I can do,” he said, per John Reid of Jacksonville.com. “I just got to work on a lot of things. I have to make sure my pass rush looks a little better. I know I’m pushing the pocket and stuff, but you need stats obviously. Stats help the team. The more pressure, the more hits and touches you can get on a man, the better we can do. I really got to step it up.”
Jacksonville selected the University of Florida product with the No. 29 overall pick of last year’s draft with the hope of using his rare physical tools across the defensive line. But after playing him at multiple positions as a rookie, the Jaguars have shifted Bryan to defensive tackle full-time, a move defensive coordinator Todd Wash believes will pay dividends.
“I think it’s helped moving Taven just to one spot,” he said. “He does move outside in our heavy package versus big people, but he’s staying at one spot.”
Tevan Bryan finished his debut campaign with 20 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, and two hits on the opposing quarterback. He’s currently listed as the Jaguars’ second-string defensive tackle behind veteran Marcell Dareus.