The Jacksonville Jaguars expect CJ Henderson and K'Lavon Chaisson to be impact players starting Week 1 of the 2020 season.
Both guys were first-round draft picks, but don't expect the Jaguars to try and ease them into their new roles, as they are going to be a big part of the defense next season:
“Well, I think, you know, we want both of them to be plugged in the first game and playing a majority of the reps,” Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash told local media via Sports Illustrated.
One of the big problems for the Jaguars and all rookies this season is the offseason has been different because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The good news for the Jaguars is Henderson and Chaisson are both smart players who should be able to pick up the NFL game quickly:
“We know that they have the physical skills to play at this level, obviously, you know, both of them being drafted in the first round. But we anticipate both of them to be solid impact players for us, you know, week one. Once again, we're going to figure a lot more about that once we get on grass in training camp, but both of them physically have the abilities to be impact players early in their career.”
There will probably be some growing pains, especially for Henderson as he adjusts to cornerback life in the NFL, but playing early will only make him better.
These are two guys who are expected to bring in a new wave of success for the Jaguars, and hopefully they can live up to the expectations to get the franchise back to being an AFC contender once again.