The Jacksonville Jaguars got off to an encouraging start to the 2023 season but they came crashing down somewhere along the way. Injuries definitely hurt them, but you could make the case that coaching and the dearth of talent across the roster were bigger issues. Now, the Jags find themselves having to catch up to the Houston Texans in the AFC South.
if Jacksonville wants to have a legitimate shot to challenge their division foes, they'll have to make considerable changes to the roster. This means sparing no expenses to address their biggest needs. Also, they need to move on from a handful of players who underachieved last year.
Some decisions will be easier than others. The Jaguars will have no trouble parting ways with a few players who haven't done enough to return in 2024. However, they'll also keep a few who should get the boot but won't, including the next three.
3. Tim Jones, wide receiver
The Jaguars had a talented trio of wide receivers in Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, and Christian Kirk last year. However, they didn't have much depth behind them, so there was a steep dropoff in production when Jones and Kirk weren't good to go.
With Jones sitting out several games, Tim Jones saw his playing time increase, appearing in a career-high 339 offensive snaps. However, he only caught 11 receptions for 83 yards. Granted, Jones was WR4 on the depth chart, but even then, that kind of production leaves a bit to be desired.
In Jones' favor, he's a pretty good blocker but there are many other wide receivers who are equally adept but can also catch the ball. Make no mistake, the former Southern Miss Golden Eagle deserves praise for making the roster two years in a row after going undrafted in 2021. That shouldn't stop the Jaguars from looking for better options at the position, but because they'll have more pressing needs, they'll probably keep Jones for another season.