Jaguars: Winners and losers from the CB CJ Henderson trade

Cornerback CJ Henderson "#21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)
Cornerback CJ Henderson "#21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell (32) (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /

These three will benefit from the CJ Henderson trade.

1. Tyson Campbell, cornerback

It looks like the coaching staff is committed to making sure rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell thrives. With C.J. Henderson out of the picture and no other option on the outside, the former Bulldog seems poised to play on the boundaries.

Campbell handled slot duties while Tre Herndon nursed an MCL injury. If Herndon is ready to go for the Jags’ Week 4 matchup, he will most likely line up at nickel and Campbell will stay outside. The 33rd overall pick in the 2021 draft has been far from great, but he’s got nowhere to go but up.

2. Trevor Lawrence, quarterback

The Jaguars know they need to build around rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence if they want to put him in a position to succeed. The former Clemson Tiger has a well-rounded wide receiver corps at his disposal but lacks a reliable target at tight end.

In the first two games of the season, Lawrence targeted James O’Shaugnessy nine times. It’s clear he likes to throw to his tight ends but rookie Luke Farrell and Chris Manhertz aren’t reliable options in the passing game right now. The two have a combined three receptions for 27 yards in three games. Don’t be surprised if Lawrence targets Arnold early and often on Thursday night football.

3. CJ Henderson, cornerback

As head coach Urban Meyer said, C.J. Henderson will have a fresh start after missing a good chunk of the offseason program. The former Gator could start in Carolina right off the bat, and there’s a chance he plays up to his draft billing.

It’s kind of surprising that the Jaguars gave up on a top 10 pick after less than two years but they believe that moving on from him is in the best interest of the team.