4 players Jaguars can’t afford to lose to injuries in 2021

Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
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You may have probably heard that drastic times call for extreme measures. That’s probably the first thing the Jacksonville Jaguars thought after finishing the 2020 season 1-15, and if that didn’t cross their mind, they surely acted as if it did, as they cleaned house this offseason. They moved on from head coach Doug Marrone after just one winning season in four years and brought in Urban Meyer to take his place. They also promoted Trent Baalke to general manager after parting ways with David Caldwell last year.

As the former Florida head coach told Rich Eisen, it’s not fair to say the Jags started from ground zero but you don’t lose 15 consecutive games by sheer luck. Thus, Meyer and Baalke quickly got to work and the duo worked on replenishing a roster that lacked playmakers and depth. There’s still work left to do and the team won’t know how much they have really improved until they face off against the Houston Texans in Week 1 of the 2021 regular season. Nevertheless, the talent level in Jacksonville has certainly increased in the last few months.

Do the Jaguars have enough talent level to qualify for the playoffs on Meyer’s first year coaching in the NFL? Probably not. Will Jacksonville be able to keep up with opposing teams and win a few games? Definitely. On the other hand, this is a young team, one that can’t afford to lose these four players to injuries in 2021.