No. 2 Pass rusher the Jaguars could trade for: Yetur Gross-Matos
When a head coach is hired, he tends to bring in coordinators who will carry out their vision on their respective side of the ball. In the Carolina Panthers' case, Frank Reich appointed Ejiro Evero to coach the defense.
Last year, the Panthers ran a 4-3 defense but Evero installed a 3-4 scheme this year. One of the players who had to make one of the biggest adjustments was Yetur Gross-Matos, who had previously played with his hand in the ground but had to switch to outside linebacker.
Gross-Matos, a 2020 second-round pick registered six sacks the last two seasons and is currently part of a rotation that includes veteran outside linebacker Justin Houston, Brian Burns, and rookie DJ Johnson. In two games, he's appeared in 36 percent of Carolina's defensive snaps.
The Panthers are undergoing a rebuild under Reich and there's a chance that Gross-Matos, who's entering the last year of his rookie contract, isn't part of their long-term plans. In Jacksonville, he could line up at outside linebacker or switch back to defensive end. Either way, the Jaguars' brass should give general manager Scott Fitterer a call and see if Gross-Matos is available.
The Jaguars lost Arden Key in free agency and didn't really replace him. Last year, Key lined up at different spots across the line of scrimmage, maybe Gross-Matos could have a similar role.