Jacksonville Jaguars | The challenge of facing Chase Young and the 49ers

(Jacksonville) Left tackle Cam Robinson has spent many hours over the past three days watching video footage of a team his Jacksonville Jaguars won’t even face this year.

Robinson and his fellow offensive linemen analyzed some plays from Washington Commanders and defensive end Chase Young while trying to project how he will fit into the 49ers from San Francisco.

“It’s a headache,” Robinson said. It’s about understanding the systems he was a part of in Washington and how it’s different from the system he’s in now. »

Thus, the Jaguars (6-2), in full swing, will rely on a thoughtful strategy for Sunday’s match against the 49ers (5-3), a clash that will feature Young’s debut with his new team.

“He’s an excellent player,” admitted Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, who has lost his two games against Young so far. It’s a challenge to face two players who put pressure on the ends of the defensive line, but we’ve done it before. […] Our players will be ready for the challenge. »

The Jaguars will be able to count on their complete offensive line for only the second time this season.

Robinson and left guard Walker Little played just 11 games together against the Buffalo Bills in London last month before Little left the game with a knee injury that left him sidelined. sideline for most of the last three games.


Cam Robinson (74)

This revamped line could be the key to slowing down Young and Nick Bosa. The 49ers traded a third-round compensatory selection to the Commanders for Young last week in hopes of increasing pressure on the quarterbacks.

“It was a shock, honestly,” said Bosa, who played with Young at Ohio State. We never thought we would play together. It’s a little weird seeing him walking around this building. »

Young has five sacks in seven games this season and is tied for eighth in the league with 38 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. He won Defensive Rookie of the Year with 7.5 sacks in 2020, but only played in 12 games over the past two seasons due to a knee injury.

It was the second major transaction in as many years before the trade deadline for the 49erswho obtained star running back Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers in 2022.

“It seems to be getting better and better here,” Fred Warner said. Really excited to have [Young]. A hell of a player, he has the right mindset. I think that’s what’s even more important. He will help us a lot. »

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