5 Questions Jaguars, Urban Meyer must answer at training camp

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Linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson #45 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

Here are the first two questions the Jacksonville Jaguars must answer.

1. Can the Jaguars count on K’Lavon Chaisson?

Last season, the Jaguars struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks. Not having Josh Allen for eight games definitely hurt the defense as a whole. If the 2019 first-round pick misses time again, will the team be better equipped to deal with his absence? The team’s brass surely expects big things from Sophomore EDGE rusher K’Lavon Chaisson in 2021.

The LSU product showed flashes near the end of the 2020 season, logging 21 total pressure in the last seven games. Will he be able to pick up where he left off in 2021? Chaisson will be now playing strong linebacker in defensive coordinator Joe Cullen’s scheme. The move will benefit the 2020 first-round pick, who will now be rushing the passer from a two-point stance.

2. Will the Jaguars add another tight end before the start of the regular season?

The Jaguars signed Chris Manhertz in free agency and re-signed veteran James O’Shaughnessy. They also drafted Luke Farrell in this year’s selection meeting and are giving Tim Tebow a shot to show what he can do. All these players could end up having an impact in 2021, but Jacksonville doesn’t currently have a true number-one tight end.

On the bright side, it’s not too late to make upgrades. They could pursue Hayden Hurst if the Jaguars release him or they can bring back Tyler Eifert. Having a solid tight end will not make or break their season but that doesn’t mean they should neglect the position.