The silver lining of finishing the 2020 season with a 1-15 record is that expectations surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be nearly as high as those that teams like the Kansas City Chiefs or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face in 2021. That doesn’t mean the Jags will be a punching bag. They won’t likely compete for a playoff spot this year but there’s a chance the rebuild they’re currently undergoing won’t take much time.
There will be some expectations in Jacksonville though, and there are several players that will be under pressure to deliver this offseason. After all, the team has spent the offseason making upgrades to the coaching staff, the front office, and the roster. Head coach Urban Meyer must show he has the team trending in the right direction. General manager Trent Baalke also needs to prove that he will have a higher success rate acquiring difference-makers than his predecessor, David Caldwell.
Here are the five Jaguars under most scrutiny in training camp.
Jacksonville Jaguars player under scrutiny No. 1 – EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson
EDGE rusher K’Lavon Chaisson was a non-factor early in his rookie year and registered just one sack. On the bright side, he finished the year strong, posting 21 pressures in the last seven games. However, he needs to live up to his first-round billing. The team’s brass is expecting him to make a leap in his sophomore campaign and form a dominant pass-rush duo along with Josh Allen.
Chaisson will switch to strong linebacker this season. The move will allow him to rush the passer from a two-point stance. This should increase his productivity but if he struggles early on, he may not see the field often.