3 reasons to be optimistic about Jacksonville Jaguars Super Bowl chances next year

• The Jaguars didn't make the playoffs in 2023

• But they should be back in contention next year

• Here are 3 reasons for optimism ahead of the offseason

Jan 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and
Jan 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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1. The roster isn't fully devoid of talent

The needs are clear and the Jaguars will need to address them if they want to return to the playoffs and make a deep run. Their interior offensive line could use upgrades, and so does their defensive front. The Jaguars must also make a decision on Calvin Ridley, who's slated to hit the open market, but even if they re-sign him, the receiver corps could use depth. The same is true for their pass-rush rotation. They need a third option behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen.

But even when you take all their needs into account, the Jags still have lots of talent across the roster. Tyson Campbell struggled with injuries in 2023 but he should reclaim his place as one of the top corners in the league in 2024 if he manages to stay healthy. Safety Andre Cisco also played well and could be one of the many players who will benefit from the change at defensive coordinator.

Circling back to Walker and Allen, they give Jacksonville a pair of bookend pass rushers that can wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage. They tallied a combined 27.5 sacks between the two last year. Imagine how much better they can be if the team's brass bolsters the front seven. The offense is also stacked with playmakers. It's not hyperbole to say that tight end Evan Engram is quickly cementing his place as the best tight end in franchise history.

Running back Travis Etienne remains efficient despite the fact that he often had nowhere to run to in 2023. With a much improved offensive line, he should go back to averaging over 5.0 yards per carry. Christian Kirk is another building block who gives Trevor Lawrence a reliable target. While Zay Jones could turn out to be a cap casualty, the Jaguars must do what they can to retain Calvin Ridley in free agency.

The bottom line is that the Jaguars don't have to press the reset button but rather reload. They already have enough pieces in place, they just need to add a few more to get back on track.

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