Jaguars considering rookie switch at linebacker vs. Ravens - Jacksonville Jaguars Blog- ESPN
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Rookie linebacker Chad Muma could make his first start for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Muma is one of the few active NFL players known to be playing with Type 1 diabetes. Another? Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, who Muma will have the chance to line up against when the Ravens travel to Jacksonville. November, by the way, is Diabetes Awareness Month.
“It’s kind of all coming together right this week,” Muma said.
Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson and defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell aren’t saying whether Muma will indeed replace fellow rookie Devin Lloyd in the starting lineup, so that may not be revealed until Sunday. But the third-round pick out of Wyoming is definitely going to be getting significantly more playing time in the final seven games.
It’s partly due to Muma’s improvement as the season has progressed but also because Lloyd, whom the Jaguars selected 27th overall, has struggled since his hot start.
“Consistency [in Muma’s play], but I think, too, it helps, sometimes, in Devin’s case, just coming out of the game and seeing it from the sidelines, seeing a little different perspective,” Pederson said. “Allowing Chad to get valuable reps, it’s a lot like Buster [CB Montaric Brown] playing and getting valuable reps at corner and seeing where Chad is with everything.
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