No. 2 best decision by the Jaguars – Building up their depth.
The Jaguars took out the checkbook in free agency, making several high-profile additions to the roster, such as wide receiver Christian Kirk and right guard Brandon Scherff. While most of the players they sign will go on to have feature roles in 2022, they also brought back several key contributors.
Among those players the Jaguars re-signed this offseason are cornerback Tre Herndon, defensive tackle Adam Gotsis, and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Herndon suffered an MCL injury in the preseason and wasn’t fully healthy in 2021. However, he had made a combined 26 starts the previous two seasons. Although he won’t longer have a feature role, he will provide solid depth and can step up right away in case any of the Jags’ three starting cornerbacks miss time.
This is the second year in a row the Jaguars lock up Gotsis. Last season, he became an important cog in their defensive line rotation, appearing in 16 games with four starts and logging four sacks, six tackles for a loss, and seven quarterback hits. A second-round pick in 2016, Gotsis seems to be better suited for a complementary role than a featured one.
Treadwell joined the Jags after the 2021 draft. He didn’t make the 53-man roster ahead of the regular season but landed on the practice squad. He was signed in November and became one of Trevor Lawrence’s favorite receivers toward the end of the year. He will probably be the third or fourth wide receiver on the depth chart due to the presence of Christian Kirk or Zay Jones but he should still get plenty of targets his way.