The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently 7-3, and with a favorable chance to make the playoffs for the second straight year, a feat they haven't achieved since 1999. That said, it's hard to tell how far they can advance if they do get in. Teams like the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs seem in much better shape than the Jags and their roster has begun to show cracks.
Hopefully, Jacksonville manages to put it all together and get to the AFC Championship game, or even the Super Bowl. They've shown in 2023 that they can go against the best teams in the league when they're in the zone.
But regardless of how many games the Jaguars win in the 2023 postseason (assuming they'll qualify), they must be aggressive in free agency next year if they want to increase their Super Bowl window. Here are three reasons why.
3. The Jaguars already have a talented roster, it just needs a few finishing touches
Back in 2020, the Jaguars were in bad shape. Their 1-15 record reflected the fact that they lacked playmakers, and had glaring holes at pretty much every position group. Move forward to 2023, and Jacksonville has put together a well-rounded roster, with lots of depth and talent.
Granted, this year's draft wasn't as good as the previous two but the front office has done a good job of bolstering most positions. Safety, cornerback, and linebacker, for example, have both starting talent and depth. That said, they still had a few needs.
More specifically, the team's brass must make upgrades at left guard, the pass rush and the interior defensive line. If they address these needs and manage to retain their key free agents, the Jags should be in a position to make a deep playoff run in 2024.