No. 1 Jaguars player who won’t be around in 2023: Marvin Jones, WR
Some of the Jaguars’ wide receivers have made headlines over the last few months for a myriad of reasons. Christian Kirk and Zay Jones have caught plenty of criticism for getting premium contracts in free agency. Laviska Shenalt Jr. has also gotten the spotlight because he will have to earn snaps this upcoming season and has been seen as a potential target. Meanwhile, Marvin Jones Jr. has taken a backseat, which is probably the way he likes it.
The veteran wideout recently popped up on a list of players that should change uniforms before the start of the season. But the truth is that he’s too valuable for the Jaguars’ ongoing rebuild. The’s the kind of player that will always look out for his teammates and the type of veteran leader Doug Pederson will lean on during his first year as the head coach in Jacksonville.
There’s also the fact that Jones can play. He’s been a reliable target and a solid No. 2 receiver throughout his career. Last season, his 73 receptions for 832 yards with four touchdowns led the team. Even with Kirk and the “other Jones” joining the roster, Jones will still have a prominent role on the Jaguars’ offense this upcoming season.
Having said that, the Jaguars’ brass invested meaningful resources in the wide receiver corps this offseason and might see re-signing Jones as cost-prohibitive next year. The Jaguars will surely want him back but both parties might have trouble finding common ground on a new deal.