Not only did the Jacksonville Jaguars sign several players in free agency but they also brought back some of their own players that were slated to hit the open market. On the other hand, they couldn’t keep everyone around and had to let some of their players hit the road.
While the Jags should have made a bigger effort to retain wide receiver DJ Chark Jr., offensive guard Andrew Norwell, and maybe linebacker Damien Wilson, they were right to move on from these five players.
No. 1 player the Jaguars were right to move on from – Jacob Hollister, TE.
The Jags made several attempts to revamp the tight end position last year but many of them failed. Despite the fact that they had signed Chris Manhertz in free agency and drafted Luke Farrell, the team’s brass acquired Jacob Hollister right after the Buffalo Bills released him.
Hollister signed with Buffalo in last year’s free agency but couldn’t make the team. That should have been a sign he wasn’t going to contribute much in Jacksonville and that’s precisely what happened. The former Wyoming Cowboy was inactive for the first two games of the year and he went on to drop a pass that became an interception in Week 3. He didn’t play much after the blunder and was a healthy scratch for a good chunk of the season.
In the end, the overall lack of production from the tight end unit forced the Jaguars to trade for Dan Arnold ahead of Week 4 and Hollister finished the year with nine receptions for 55 yards with one touchdown. He went on to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency and will now be playing for head coach Josh McDaniels, who was his offensive coordinator back with the New England Patriots in 2017 and 2018.