Jaguars: 3 positions that don’t need upgrades ahead of trade deadline

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Jacksonville Jaguars position that doesn’t need upgrades  – Tight end

For most of the year, tight end was the Jaguars’ weakest positional group. They didn’t properly address the position in free agency and had to make additions on the fly. They got it right in the end but it took them a while to figure things out.

The Jaguars locked up Chris Manhertz in free agency. This was a good move in itself, as the Canisius product is one of the best blocking tight ends in the league. The problem is that they shouldn’t have stopped there. Manhertz fills an important role on offense but he’s not much of a pass catcher, and nobody should expect him to be one. The Jags also brought back veteran James O’Shaughnessy who quickly became one of Trevor Lawrence’s favorite targets but is out with an ankle injury.

The team took Luke Farrell in the fifth round of the 2021 draft. While he could develop into a solid player, he’s a project at this point of his NFL career. To the Jaguars’ credit, they realized their tight end room needed a boost and they made a couple of additions.

They signed Jacob Hollister before the start of the season and later acquired Dan Arnold from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for cornerback C.J. Henderson. Both players have become an important part of the offense. Heading into Week 8, the Jaguars’ tight end room has talent and depth. They only get partial credit though because they could have signed both Hollister and Arnold in free agency.