5 Jaguars in a worse roster spot after 2022 NFL offseason

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Even though the Jacksonville Jaguars couldn’t address all their needs during the offseason, there’s no doubt their roster is in vastly better shape. While this is great news for the coaching staff and fans of the team, not everyone will benefit from the moves the Jags made these past few months.

Think about it, the influx of talent and the finite number of roster spots available means that some players might either get released or be stuck in the cellar of the depth chart. In fact, these five Jaguars are in a worse spot after all the additions the organization made this offseason.

No. 1 Jaguars player in a worse roster spot – Jay Tufele, DT.

It’s not clear what the previous coaching staff wanted to do with the Jaguars’ 2021 draft class. Only Trevor Lawrence and cornerback Tyson Campbell were Day 1 staters while their fellow rookies started the season on the bench. Defensive tackle Jay Tufele was a healthy scratch for the first four games and made his NFL debut until Week 5, logging 13 defensive snaps against the Tennesee Titans.

However, Tufele suffered a hand injury in Week 6 and had to sit out six games The former USC Trojan ended up appearing in four outings and posting two total tackles. He might once again struggle to earn playing time in 2022 due to the moves the organization made in the offseason.

The Jaguars signed Folorunso Fatukasi in free agency and brought back veteran Adam Gotsis. Moreover, DaVon Hamilton and Malcom Brown once again will be part of the team’s defensive line rotation.  Unless Tufele has an outstanding training camp, it’s hard to envision him getting significant playing time this upcoming season.