The Jacksonville Jaguars made several important additions to their roster in the offseason but they also expect several players that were on the roster last year to make an impact in the 2022 NFL season.
Through training camp and the preseason, several Jaguars made important strides. Here are five who saw their stock rise.
No. 5 Jaguars player whose stock rose this summer: Arden Key, DE
The Jags went on a shopping spree in the offseason and addressed most of their roster needs in free agency. Of all the players they signed, defensive end Arden Key could turn out to be the best. A third-round pick by the Las Vegas Raiders in the 2018 draft, Key didn’t do much of note in his first NFL campaigns and was given the boot last offseason.
Looking back, it’s hard to blame the Raiders for pulling the plug on the LSU product. After all, he logged just three sacks in as many years and played less than 50 percent of their defensive snaps in each of his last two seasons in the desert. But Key gained a second wind with the San Francisco 49ers last year and logged a career-high 6.5 sacks.
Over the last few months, Key has shown that last year was no fluke and has quickly established himself as an important piece of the Jags’ defensive puzzle. The former Niner shined in training camp and recorded two sacks in the preseason. Moreover, he’s impressed general manager Trent Baalke, who hopes that they can keep Key beyond the 2022 season.