Tight end may or may not be one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ weakest position groups ahead of training camp. However, second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence has nothing but good things to say about the bunch.
Lawrence met with the local media after Monday’s Organized Team Activities session and weighed on several things, such as the injury fellow quarterback C.J. Beathard suffered, wide receiver Laviska Shenault and the Jags’ tight end group.
"You look at our tight end room, we got some really good players, some of the new guys obviously but then you got Dan [Arnold], who can kind of does it all. Evan, who’s really fast, is going to add an explosive element to the offense. Chris Manhertz’s just a really big guy who can help in the passing game, a great blocker, and then Luke [Farrell], who’s kind of a hybrid that can just plug and play wherever you need him, really good in the passing game, really technical."
Lawrence went on to describe the Jaguars’ tight end unit as a “really good room, well-rounded” and added that “that’s going to help us a lot this year”. Later during the sitdown, the former Clemson Tiger said Engram is “heavier than he looks” and was impressed with his speed when he first throw to him, “I’m like, ‘gosh, this guy can fly and runs like a receiver”. Here’s Lawrence’s whole conversation with the press.
The Jaguars need better production from their tight end room in 2022
The Jaguars had the worst scoring offense in the NFL last season and their lack of production from their tight end room played a part. The group had a combined two touchdowns, one by Chris Manhertz and one by Jacob Hollister, who’s now with the Las Vegas Raiders. Although Dan Arnold became an important part of their passing game, he didn’t reach the end zone once in 2021.
On the bright side, Jacksonville’s tight-end unit has the potential to be way better than it was last year. Sure, the bar is set pretty low but that doesn’t deter the team’s brass from rising expectations in 2022. Evan Engram, whom Trevor Lawrence alluded to, will be the Jags’ top tight end this upcoming season. Furthermore, Arnold should be fully healthy after missing the last five games of the 2021 campaign with an MCL injury.
Arnold joined the Jaguars after Week 3 of the regular season and still made an impact. The fact that he started the year in Jacksonville should help him get a better grasp of the playbook. And although he will lose some targets to Engram, the two should be a big part of Doug Pederson’s “tight-end friendly” offense in 2022.
The Jaguars’ tight end room is unproven but has the chance to exceed expectations. If they do, the offense will be significantly better than it was in 2021.