No. 1 Jaguars rookie who has disappointed in 2023: Brenton Strange, 2nd Round, TE
You can give Parker Washington and Tyler Lacy a pass for not contributing early on. After all, they weren't early-round picks and they could eventually become contributors once they put it all together. But the same can't be said about tight end Brenton Strange, who has been a non-factor this season.
Evan Engram remains firmly entrenched as the starter, and he's been among the best tight ends in the league, ranking second in both yards and catches. However, that doesn't justify Strange's minimal impact, especially when he was expected to have an impact as both a blocker and a passer.
Without Chris Manhertz and Dan Arnold in the fold, Strange had a clear path to earning significant playing time but he hasn't been able to take advantage of his chances. So far, he's appeared on 113 offensive snaps and caught two passes for seven yards in five games. That's not the kind of production Jacksonville surely envisioned when they picked him 61st overall.
To add insult to injury, Strange was called couple of penalties in Week 3 that negated a couple of 10+ yard plays. Not surprisingly, third-year pro Luke Farrell has moved ahead of him on the depth chart. Although Farrell is far from a Pro Bowl talent, he's proven to be a reliable blocker, which what the Jags wanted from Strange.
Maybe Strange will turn the corner later in the season but it's fair to say the Jaguars haven't gotten a return on their investment.