3 big upgrades on the Jacksonville Jaguars offense in 2023
One year after having the worst offensive in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars ranked 10th in points scored in 2022. While head coach Doug Pederson deserves credit for the turnaround, giving Trevor Lawrence a much better-supporting cast last offseason also played a huge role.
This offseason though, the Jags were on a tight budget and weren't able to make as many splash signings as last year. On the bright side, they will still be able to make a few key changes to the offense that could have a huge impact in 2023. Here are the biggest three.
3. The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Brenton Strange in Round 2
Evan Engram was a key cog on the Jaguars' offense last year. Besides, setting career bests for receiving yards and catches in a season, he also broke several team records. However, the Jags didn't get much production from the rest of the tight end room. Chris Manhertz, Dan Arnold, and Luke Farrell combined for 19 receptions and no touchdowns.
It's true that Manhertz's main role in the offense was as a blocker but he wasn't much of a factor as a receiver, which is why the team's brass might have let him walk in free agency. Similarly, Arnold seemed poised to benefit from Doug Pederson's arrival but was instead phased out in favor of Farrell.
Needing to replenish their tight end room, the Jaguars drafted Brenton Strange in Round 2. They also signed Sammis Reyes but he's more of a developmental project at this point of his career.
Going back to Strange, he needs to work on his route-running skills but he's the kind of tight end that does a good job of creating yards after the catch. On top of that, he's a solid in-line blocker, so he should get ample playing time even though he'll be the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart in 2023.
In fact, don't be surprised if Stranges catches more passes than all of Manhertz, Arnold and Farrell combined last season.