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Within the NFL it takes a special linebacker to play every down, but it surely’s not surprising coming from a San Diegan. Chula Vista’s Devin Lloyd, avoiding third-down exits whilst a rookie, stands tenth amongst NFL linebackers in snaps played and has a 94 percent partcipation rate with a Jaguars defense that’s risen to twelfth in points from twenty eighth a yr ago.

If Junior Seau were around, he’d give Lloyd an “attaboy.” Two locals who recently preceded Lloyd to the NFL might say: “Option to keep it going.”

Though the Jags (3-7) having matched last yr’s win total and tripled their output of 2020 doesn’t scream Super Bowl potential, a San Diego County pedigree at inside linebacker would appear favorable to someday reaching the massive game. Oceanside’s Seau led the Chargers to their only Super Bowl berth, and if Lloyd were to start out a Super Bowl while on his first contract, which runs throught 2026, he’d match the 2 locals. Cory Littleton (Mount Miguel) and Fred Warner (Mission Hills) directed the Rams and 49ers within the Super Bowl 4 and three seasons ago, respectively.

Littleton earned a spot on Rams special teams as an undrafted rookie. In his third NFL yr, having taken over because the linebacker who quarterbacks the front, Los Angeles won the NFC title game. Filling the identical role with the 49ers, Warner began the next Super Bowl as an NFL sophomore and earned All-Pro honors a yr later in 2020.

Lloyd began fast this season despite a hamstring injury that sidelined him in August. In his second game, he intercepted a deflected pass thrown by Matt Ryan, a former MVP. He earned a high grade from Pro Football Focus the next week in Jacksonville’s rout of the Chargers.

Though recent showings against the Colts and Chiefs drew subpar grades — mirroring a Jags team that has dropped six of its past seven game — the previous Otay Ranch safety has two interceptions.

Notable

  • Of the 25 linebackers with participation rates over 79 percent, Warner and Lloyd rank third and twenty second in PFF’s season grades.
  • Kevin O’Connell (La Costa Canyon, SDSU) said he learned from Bill Belichick that winning within the NFL begins with not losing. The rookie head coach has seen his Vikings (8-1) commit the fifth-fewest pentalties per game and permit the ninth-fewest takeaways.
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