3 biggest strengths on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster following the 2023 NFL Draft
No. 2 biggest strength on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster after the draft: Wide receiver
A lot can change in the NFL from one year to another. Just last offseason, general manager Trent Baalke was being questioned for giving top-market contracts to wide receivers Zay Jones and Christian Kirk. However, he would be proven right once the regular season started as both Jones and Kirk went on to post career numbers.
But the presence of Jones and Kirk didn't stop Baalke from making upgrades to the wide receiver corps, so he traded for Calvin Ridley before last year's deadline. The move came with a risk, as Ridley was serving an indefinite suspension for betting on football games late in the 2021. Moreover, the Alabama product wasn't playing particularly well that year and stepped away from football to focus on his mental health.
Nevertheless, the Jaguars still took a chance on Ridley and it paid off big time. He's now reinstated and the healthiest he's been in years. The Florida native wrote a letter in March explaining his decision to retire and everything he was going through at the time.
Ridley is now fully healthy and ready to remind everyone how great he is. Having Trevor Lawrence throw passes to him should help him accomplish his goal. Similarly, being part of a unit that includes Jones and Kirk will make it easier for him to find favorable matchups.
And if Ridley, Jones, and/or Kirk are covered, Lawrence can then look for Jamal Agnew, a special teams ace that moonlights as a receiver. Also on the roster are Tim Jones and rookie Parker Washington.
Although only Agnew has made the Pro Bowl and did it as a return specialist, there's no doubt the Jaguars' wide receiver group is stacked with talent.