Several clubs were aggressive on the days and hours preceding the NFL trade deadline. The San Francisco 49ers acquired edge rusher Chase Young while the Seattle Seahawks landed defensive end Leonard Williams. The Jacksonville Jaguars, for their part, opted to bolster their interior offensive line by trading for Ezra Cleveland from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2024 sixth-round pick.
The Jags could have pursued Young, or his former Washington teammate Montez Sweat, to round out their rotation but ultimately chose not to. You could make the case that they should've made an attempt to add a playmaker at the trade deadline to increase the chances of having a strong second half of the season. However, here are three reasons why Jacksonville played their cards right.
No. 3 reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars took a smart approach to the NFL trade deadline
The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting healthy at the right time
The Jags have a well-rounded roster. While they could use an upgrade at a handful of position groups, they don't have any glaring weaknesses. Moreover, they haven't dealt with serious injuries this season. Wide receiver Zay Jones, offensive lineman Walker Little, cornerback Tyson Campell, and safety Andre Cisco have missed time but none of them have landed on Injured Reserve.
All of them will have the chance to get better during the BYE week. It's fair to assume that most (if not all) of them will suit up against the San Franciso 49ers in Week 10 or not long after. Either way, the Jaguars are relatively healthy at the midpoint of the 2023 season, so they weren't in need of adding reinforcements at the trade deadline.