Grading Jaguars’ position groups on offense ahead of 2022 offseason

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The Jacksonville Jaguars brought in a new coaching staff and made several additions to their offense last season but the changes didn’t lead to many points (nor wins) in 2021. Although they displayed flashes at times, they often struggled to move the ball and ranked last in points scored and 27th in total yards.

If the Jaguars want to score more points in 2022, they will need to make upgrades to most (if not all) of their position groups. Here’s how a look at all the units ahead of the 2022 season.

Grading Jaguars’ position groups on offense – Tight ends.

The Jags didn’t get much production out of their tight end room in 2020 and things didn’t get much better in spite of all the resources they poured into the unit last offseason. Besides re-signing James O’Shaughnessy, they signed Chris Manhertz in the free agency and drafted Luke Farell. They later gave Tim Tebow the chance to try out in training camp and inked Jacob Hollister before the season started.

Probably not feeling good about their tight end group, the Jags traded for Dan Arnold three weeks into the season. He and O’Shaughnessy had a combined 52 receptions for 568 yards with no touchdowns but both missed time with injuries. Hollister, Farrell, and Manhertz didn’t contribute much in the passing game and are better suited for a complementary role. O’Shaughnessy and Hollister are set to become free agents. Manhertz and Arnold both have one year left in their respective contracts while Farrell is entering his second NFL season.

Arnold is a solid player but far from a number one tight end. The Jaguars could bring back O’Shaughnessy or sign a free agent such as Mike Gesiki or Dalton Schutz.

Grade ahead of the 2022 offseason: D