2. Jaguars veteran who could lose his job to a rookie: JaMycal Hasty, RB
Snoop Conner seemed like a lock to be RB3 for the Jaguars last year. But then, the front office claimed JaMycal Hasty off of waivers before the start of the regular season and Conner tumble down the depth chart. The former Ole Miss Rebel hardly saw the field as a rookie while Hasty became the top backup behind Travis Etienne when James Robinson was traded to New York.
Hasty is far from a Pro Bowl-caliber running back but he proved to be a solid backup in 2022, toting the rock 46 times for 194 yards with two touchdowns. He was slated to be a restricted free agent in the offseason but the Jaguars' brass liked him enough that they brought him back on a two-year deal.
And for a hot minute, it seemed as if the former Baylor Bear was going to be once again the main backup behind Etienne next season. However, Jacksonville proceeded to sign D'Ernest Johnson and later draft Tank Bigsby. Now, Hasty will have to fend off both to avoid moving down on the depth chart.
Johnson has big-play ability and also can contribute on special teams. On the other hand, Bigsby could vie for a significant workload. The former Auburn Tiger won't stop moving after getting hit and will fight for the tough yards. While those traits could come in handy in the red zone, Bigsby has the power, burst, and instincts to become a three-down back in the NFL.
The truth is that it's hard to project who'll ultimately be RB2 for the Jaguars in 2023 but Bigsby will get a legitimate chance to seize the job.