Former Florida DL Taven Bryan still struggling mightily entering Year 2 with Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected former Florida DL Taven Bryan with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
As a rookie last year, he struggled, recording only 20 tackles and 1 sack despite playing in all 16 games.
Entering Year 2, it doesn’t seem like things are going much better for Bryan. Per Jacksonville.com, Bryan is still trying to rely on strength over technique:
Despite repeated instructions from defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to use his hands more, Bryan continues to bull rush straight ahead, expecting his strength to carry him through blocks.
But it hasn’t.
Bryan says he can do better, saying he’s up for the challenge of making sure his impact shows up in the box score:
“I haven’t really shown what I can do,” Bryan said. “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.”
Will Bryan be better this fall? Or, will he continue to struggle as a second-year player? We’ll find out starting next month.