Jacksonville Jaguars: ‘Stealing’ one player from every AFC West team

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The Jaguars had a few playmakers last season but not enough to consistently win games. Head coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Balkee have done a good job of replenishing a roster that lacked depth and talent last offseason. However, nobody will know for sure how much the Jags have improved until they take the field in Week 1.

On paper, Jacksonville has a well-rounded wide receiver corps, a dynamic running back room, and a crowded secondary. Moreover, they finally have a franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence. As Nate Burleson of NFL Media recently said, the Jags aren’t as much of a rebuild as people may think. It’s true that this is a young team, but they aren’t starting from ground zero as Meyer recently suggested. In fact, they could be very competitive and pull a few upsets in 2021.

The Jaguars may not be a playoff team just yet though. They have plenty of potential but they are counting on several rookies and second-year players to have an important role. Lawrence might turn out to be an upper-echelon quarterback but he hasn’t taken a snap in a regular-season game. The interior offensive line looks solid but Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor must show they can take care of the edges. Also, the tight end room remains a question mark ahead of the 2021 season.

On the other side of the ball, the Jags’ defense ranked 31st in points allowed and total yards last season. The team’s brass has done a good job of refurbishing the unit but It’s unlikely that they will suddenly become a top 10 unit.

The 2021 Jacksonville Jaguars have upside but could still use an upgrade at certain positions. What if they could poach players from the AFC West, these four difference-makers could help them quickly turn the corner.