Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 players who must show out vs Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
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Jacksonville Jaguars who must show out No. 3 – TE Dan Arnold

There’s no doubt the Jaguars could’ve done a better job of addressing their tight end room earlier this year. But they deserve partial credit because they aren’t doubling down on their mistakes and are still looking for improvements. Jacob Hollister has been a non-factor since signing with the team before the regular season began. He was inactive for the Jags’ first two games and made a costly drop against the Cardinals.

The Jaguars’ most productive tight end, James O’Shaughnessy is out for several weeks with an ankle injury. And rookie Luke Farrell and Chris Manhertz haven’t contributed much in the passing game, hauling in a combined three receptions for 28 yards in the last three games. That’s why it made sense that the team’s brass looked for outside help and traded for Dan Arnold.

Head coach Urban Meyer said the former Carolina Panther will play on Thursday Night Football, an offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told the local media that the coaching staff will try to get him up to speed. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence targeted O’Shaughnessy nine times before he went down. Maybe Arnold can pick up the slack. Although he’s far from a Pro Bowl player, he could bring some consistency to the position.

Hollister and Manhertz might get more playing time than Arnold but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the coaching staff design special packages for the latter. The Jags need a boost on offense and he may be able to provide it.