Jaguars should be buyers not sellers ahead of trade deadline

HC Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
HC Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made strides in 2021. After losing their first five games of the season, they managed to beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 6. It wasn’t easy though. Especially when you take into account all the whispers about Urban Meyer losing the locker room. In the end, they showed resilience and it looks like they have put those rumors behind. However, they can’t afford to take the foot off the gas pedal and must continue grinding if they want to keep winning games this year. That’s why they need to consider being buyers and not sellers before the trade deadline.

Now, the Jaguars manage to make any trades before the November 2 deadline, they aren’t going to be able to land Pro Bowl-caliber talent. Having said that, some position groups could use a boost. The wide receiver corps and the cornerback room come to mind. Also, they could add depth to the offensive line. The Jags have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. Why not fortify the roster and speed up the rebuild a bit? They aren’t going to suddenly compete for a playoff berth but they should make an effort to win as many games as possible in 2021.

It would be great to see the Jags acquire someone like Allen Robinson. But realistically speaking, they may be able to land another club’s third or fourth wide receiver. Either way, good teams are always looking for ways to improve and Jacksonville shouldn’t be any different. That’s why general manager Trent Baalke must pick up the phone and make a few calls before November 2.

The Jacksonville Jaguars must not trade their playmakers.

The Jaguars cleaned house and traded several players the previous regime acquired. They already moved on from quarterback Gardner Minshew, tight end Josh Oliver, and cornerbacks C.J. Henderson and Sidney Jones. With a few exceptions, most players can be had at the right price. The Jaguars don’t have a vast amount of “blue-chip” talent but they do have a few difference-makers they must retain. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is out of the question but he isn’t the only player Jacksonville can’t afford to lose.

Linebacker Myles Jack, wide receiver Laviska Shenault, and running back James Robinson are building blocks. They’re setting the foundation for future years and it looks like all of them will be part of the franchise’s future. That’s why the team’s brass can’t shop any of them.

On the other hand, there are a few players the Jaguars could shop. Safety Andrew Wingard is a favorite of the coaching staff but trading him would pave the way for rookie Andre Cisco to see the field. A team in need of defensive line depth could inquire about former first-round pick Taven Bryan. If the Jaguars weren’t down two starting offensive linemen, left guard Andrew Norwell could be another option.

There’s a good chance the trade deadline will come and go and the Jaguars won’t move any players. Nevertheless, it would be a good idea to make a few additions. They’re in the right direction but they could use a little push.

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