Jaguars will enter 2022 offseason with two clear pressing needs

HC Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Trent Baalke, the team's GM (Imagn Images photo pool)
HC Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Trent Baalke, the team's GM (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t done a good job of getting the most out of their current roster. On the other hand, they are lacking talent at most position groups. Fortunately, they will have plenty of cap space to address all their pressing needs, and a recent list identified what may be the most important ones.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report touched on every NFL team’s shopping list for the 2022 offseason and he believes wide receiver, cornerback and offensive tackle are the Jaguars’ biggest needs next year. Knox notes Jacksonville has their quarterback of the future in Trevor Lawrence, so they don’t have to worry about the position next offseason or anytime soon for that matter. On the other hand, he thinks getting the former Clemson Tiger a legitimate number one receiver should be the team’s brass priority.

"Getting Lawrence a legitimate No. 1 receiver should be at the top of Jacksonville’s to-do list. DJ Chark Jr. is on injured reserve with a fractured ankle, while 31-year-old wideout Marvin Jones Jr. leads the team with just 529 receiving yards."

Knox goes on to say that the Jaguars need to add a premier cornerback and a reliable left tackle to protect Lawrence. He points out that Cam Robinson has played well but is slated to become a free agent next offseason.

While it’s true that the Jaguars need a bonafide number one wide receiver, they may have had bigger needs than cornerback and left tackle next offseason. Either way, they will have more than enough cap space to address whatever needs they want.

Per Spotrac the Jags are expected to have $71.54 million to spend next year. Moreover, they don’t have many priority free agents besides maybe DJ Chark Jr. and left guard Andrew Norwell. They could easily bring back both, make one or two impact signings, and use their early draft picks to upgrade other position groups.