No NFL team actively goes into the offseason wanting to get worse than they were the previous season. Unfortunately, not all of them succeed in getting better for a myriad of reasons. Maybe they lose key contributors to other clubs or maybe they don’t approach free agency or the draft the right way.
The Jacksonville Jaguars certainly tried to make upgrades to their roster in free agency, and while they overpaid for most of the players they signed, they were able to address several needs. If they come out of the draft with a solid haul, they might exceed expectations in 2022, which aren’t particularly high.
Now, some in the Jaguars’ organization benefitted from the moves the front office made in free agency while others were affected negatively. Here’s a list with three of those winners and three of the losers.
No. 1 loser from the Jaguars offseason so far – K’Lavon Chaisson, LB.
Edge defender/linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson simply hasn’t lived up to his first-round billing. While players have no control over where they will get drafted, the Jaguars took him 20th overall in 2020 because they expected him to terrorize quarterbacks but that hasn’t turned out to be the case.
Chaisson has two career sacks and hasn’t shown enough over the last two seasons to warrant a spot in the Jaguars’ starting lineup in 2022. He could lose snaps to defensive end Arden Key, who signed a one-year deal in free agency, and runs the risk of becoming an afterthought if the team’s brass takes a pass rusher with the first overall pick of this year’s draft, which his likely.
Chaisson is still young and may eventually become a solid starter but right now, the Jags don’t seem particularly confident that he will.