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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Wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

What will the Jaguars do at wide receiver next offseason?

After taking Trevor Lawrence with the top pick in the 2021 draft, they no longer have to invest resources in the position for the foreseeable future. The Clemson Tiger has steadily proved this offseason and it looks like he’s the long-term answer. On the other hand, his supporting cast has been far from great, and the Jaguars need to surround him with more talent next year to ensure he is in a position to succeed.

That means bolstering a wide receiver room that is in need of playmakers. Laviska Shenault Jr. hasn’t made the leap some expected this season and Marvin Jones Jr. is better suited for a number two role. Losing DJ Chark Jr. to a fractured ankle in Week 4 affected the rest of the offense. Without the 2018 second-round pick, opposing defenses have had no trouble covering Jones, Shenault, and the rest of the Jags’ wide receivers.

To exacerbate the matter, wide receiver/return specialist Jamal Agnew suffered a season-ending hip injury in Week 11. While the Jaguars signed Jaydon Kendricks to handle return duties, Agnew’s absence on offense leaves a void the team will have a hard time filling.

Agnew should be 100 percent next year but Chark is slated to hit the open market. Even if the Jags bring him back, they need to add another receiver in 2022. They could target someone like Allen Robinson in free agency. They will also be in a prime position to draft Garrett Wilson of Ohio State. Either player could give a significant boost to the Jaguars’ wide receiver corps.

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