Jaguars must still upgrade these 3 position groups in free agency

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The Jacksonville Jaguars still need to settle the slot cornerback position.

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said in a recent sit-down with the local media that the team would put an emphasis on solidifying the defensive front and bolstering the secondary this offseason, which is precisely what it did in the days ahead of free agency.

The defensive line surely looks in better shape than it did at the end of the 2020 season. Also, signing Shaquil Griffin and bringing back Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon should fortify a cornerback room that has a promising second-year player in C.J. Henderson. Nevertheless, the Jags still need to add talent to the slot.

Jones lines up mainly outside and Herndon shouldn’t be handed a starting job by default. Thus, it makes sense for the Jaguars to add a slot cornerback in the open market. Although Mike Hilton reached an agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, there are still a handful of talented slot corners available in free agency, including Troy Hill and Brian Poole.

Hill appeared in a career-high 546 snaps in the slot last season and has posted a Pro Football Focus coverage grade of 73.0 or better in the last three years. Meanwhile, Poole didn’t give up a touchdown reception in 2020 and just allowed one the season before. The Jaguars have options at slot cornerback, it’s up to them to take advantage of them.