This Sunday, the Cleveland Browns take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. To help preview a few topics from the Jaguars’ perspective, we reached out to Gus Logue from Big Cat Country and exchanged five questions with him.
Chris: “Statistically, the Jaguars’ pass defense hasn’t been good. Tell us a little about that ranking, and where the problems are.”
Gus: “Injuries have played a big part. The Jaguars’ defense was firing on all cylinders through the first month of the season, but no. 1 corner Tyson Campbell hasn’t finished a game at full health since Week 5, veteran slot man Tre Herndon is currently in concussion protocol, and breakout safety Andre Cisco has been nicked up by a few different injuries. Weather permitting, Joe Flacco should find some success through the air if any of those key secondary players are ruled out Sunday,”
Chris: “What does the injury to Trevor Lawrence do to fan expectations heading into this game against the Browns?”
When the injury first happened, most Jaguars fans were probably contemplating whether their fandom was even worthwhile anymore (Lawrence’s immediate reaction on the field was that bad). But Jacksonville’s franchise quarterback avoided significant injury, and on top of that, he somehow has a chance to play this week. Jaguars fans go as 16 goes — if Lawrence starts, Jaguars fans will expect a win.
Chris: “What is the biggest strength and weakness on the Jaguars’ offensive line?”
Gus: “The strength is pass protection, especially on the outside. Blindside protector Walker Little has played well enough in place of an injured Cam Robinson, and at right tackle, Anton Harrison has been exceptional as a 21-year-old rookie. But the run game hasn’t been efficient since James Robinson’s peak, and a big reason is the lack of downfield push by Jacksonville’s interior linemen. ”
Chris: “Tell us about one player who Browns fans may not have heard of, but who could have an impact on this Sunday’s game.”
Gus: “Sixth-round rookie Parker Washington will be the next man up following Christian Kirk’s likely season-ending groin injury. He caught all six of his targets last week for 61 yards and an impressive touchdown snag. However, the team had to burn a timeout when he failed to go in motion, he muffed a punt (playing for injured returner Jamal Agnew) and he was largely responsible for Lawrence’s injury. Washington needs to have the best game of his young career on Sunday for the Jaguars to leave with a win.”
Chris: “The Browns became favorites against the Jaguars on Sunday after the injury to Trevor Lawrence (Browns -3.5 as of this question, per DraftKings Sportsbook). Who would you pick against the spread?”
Gus: “I like the Browns to win but the Jaguars to cover this week. Both teams have lengthy injury reports so it could be a sloppy game in sloppier conditions. I think Lawrence and Campbell will play, but Little and Herndon will sit, and even a less-than-100% Myles Garrett scares me against a potential third-string tackle.”
Thanks again to Gus for taking the time to answer my questions.