Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 underrated moves in 2021 offseason

Offensive lineman #72, Walker Little of the Jacksonville Jaguars [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Offensive lineman #72, Walker Little of the Jacksonville Jaguars [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /
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Dave Caldwell, former general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports) /

You can’t blame the Jacksonville Jaguars for cleaning house after going 1-15 last year. They needed a fresh start after winning just 12 games over the last three seasons. Looking back, former general manager Dave Caldwell seemed to be more interested in hoarding draft picks and cap space instead of adding playmakers and keeping the few they had.

In the end, Caldwell wasn’t able to use all the resources he accumulated because the Jags fired him last year. He was so focused on building for the future that he failed to replenish the roster on a consistent basis. On the bright side, the Jaguars didn’t waste time this offseason and made good use of all the assets Caldwell left before he was fired, a parting gift if you will.

The Jaguars took advantage of the vast amount of cap space they had to reinforce the roster and sign a few playmakers in free agency. They also used the surplus of draft picks they had to acquire building blocks, including a potential franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence.

Now, some of the moves the Jags made earlier this year will have a bigger impact than others. There are others that aren’t getting as much attention as they should. This isn’t surprising though. Signing a depth player won’t garner the same kind of attention a big-name free agent will. This is equally true for draft picks. A late-round selection won’t generate the same kind of excitement as Trevor Lawrence.

Without further ado, here are three underrated moves the Jaguars made this offseason.