Running back Chris Thompson was arguably the most exciting offseason signing for the Jaguars in 2020. Alas, things have not gone the way he or the team expected.
In limited action this season, Thompson showed is solid in blitz pickup, and good in the passing game as well. However, he went down with a back injury and is currently on the Injured Reserve List. Since then, his absence has shown the Jaguars don’t necessarily need him going forward.
It’s a tough situation because Thompson didn’t have a full season to show what he can do, but life isn’t always fair and it is most likely time to go ahead and let him test free agency again and see what he can find elsewhere.
Verdict: Let him go
Cornerback Tre Herdon poses another interesting decision for the next general manager. If the Jaguars decide to move on from D.J. Hayden, it makes the decision to bring Herndon back easier. He has shown flashes at times and bad play at others, so this Jacksonville team needs to consider how much value he provides moving forward.
Herndon has filled in there throughout this season but has not been the nickel week-to-week. If the staff believes in him at that spot, they should re-sign him. The decision for Herndon may also just come down to who they want more between him and Hayden. At this point in their careers and what they will cost the better option may be Herndon. He is younger and will probably be cheaper than Hayden.
Now, both Herndon and Hayden have had injury issues this season and both could be sent to test the open market, but with the way this secondary currently looks, losing two corners may not be in the cards even if you don’t love either of them.
Verdict: Bring him back