Jaguars need to upgrade these 3 positions before trade deadline

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Damien Wilson (54) of the Jacksonville Jaguars. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

Under head coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke the Jacksonville Jaguars have shown they aren’t afraid to make trades. They have shipped players that might not fit the team’s long-term vision and have acquired others that could eventually become building blocks.

In the past eight months, the Jags traded tight end Josh Oliver, cornerback Sidney Jones, linebacker Joe Schobert, and quarterback Gardner Minshew. Similarly, they got tight end Dan Arnold in exchange for cornerback C.J. Henderson. It’s clear the current regime isn’t afraid to make moves if they believe it will help them improve.

That’s why it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Jaguars make a few trades before the November 2 deadline. They won’t likely pursue top-end players. Instead, they look for value to shore different positional groups. In particular, the team’s brass needs to address these three units.

1. The Jacksonville Jaguars could bolster their linebacker corps.

Linebacker Myles Jack is currently dealing with a back injury he suffered in Week 5 and won’t be making the trip to London. Shaquille Quarterback will most likely take his place in the lineup. He’s a serviceable player but far from the solution at this point of his career.

Damien Wilson has started all five games in 2021, logging 34 total tackles and one tackle for a loss. However, he’s been a liability in coverage, giving up eight receptions for 105 yards on nine passes. Jack hasn’t fared much better and has given up 148 yards on 13 receptions. Also, neither of them has forced a fumble nor snagged an interception. It’s clear the Jags’ linebacker corps could use a boost.