3 big upgrades on the Jacksonville Jaguars offense in 2023

Mar 4, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State tight end Brenton Strange (TE14).
Mar 4, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State tight end Brenton Strange (TE14). / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Calvin Ridley will join the Jaguars wide receiver corps in 2023

The Jaguars traded for wide receiver Calvin Ridley last year but it will be until the 2023 season that they'll reap the rewards. Looking back, this was a great move, especially when you take into account how unimpressive the receiver market was in free agency.

At the time of the trade, Christian Kirk and Zay Jones had become staples of the Jaguars' offense, so wide receiver didn't seem like a need. Moreover, Ridley was serving an indefinite suspension for betting on football games in 2021, so the move was received with skepticism around the league.

Nevertheless, the team's brass knew that trading for Ridley wouldn't pay off right off the bat. They would first need to get the former Alabama standout reinstated and he would need to get back in football shape. Although the regulars seson is still months away, Ridley has checked off both boxes.

The Florida native was reinstated in March and has frequently shared videos of him working out. He's also joined Trevor Lawrence for throwing sessions, so he should be a full-go for Week 1.

It seems like an ages ago but Ridley caught 90 passes for 1,34 yards with 1,374 yards with nine touchdowns in 2020. His production took a hit the following season but that was due to having played with a broken foot, as he confided earlier this year.

While the Jaguars lost Marvin Jones Jr. in free agency, Ridley will be a huge upgrade in an offense that already includes Christian Kirk, zay Jones, Evan Engram, and Travis Etienne.

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