2. The Jaguars surrounded Trevor Lawrence with more weapons
You knew the Jags were probably going to lose last year when they started trailing because they didn’t have the firepower to keep up with opposing teams. While there were a few bright spots on offense, Jacksonville didn’t have nearly enough playmakers around Trevor Lawrence nor the depth to withstand injuries.
Marvin Jones Jr. is as reliable as they come, and Laquon Treadwell had a breakout season. However, defensive coordinators didn’t have to gameplan for either receiver. Similarly, Dan Arnold became one of Lawrence’s favorite targets but once he went down with an MCL injury in Week 11, the offense suffered a dip in production. The same is true for DJ Chark Jr. who was supposed to be the team’s No. 1 option in the passing game but fractured his ankle in Week 4.
For that reason, general manager Trent Baalke signed a handful of difference-makers in free agency and also fortify the depth at pretty much every position group on offense. Trevor Lawrence has a new pair of receivers in Zay Jones and Christian Kirk. Evan Engram, alongside Dan Arnold, will give the Jags a one-two punch at tight end. Last but not least, they landed one of the best offensive linemen in the open market in Brandon Scherff.
Opposing defenses will now have to pick their poison, as Trevor Lawrence will have several weapons at his disposal and enough time to find them.