The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the offseason with clear needs on both sides of the ball. Last year, they opted for a conservative approach and focused on building the roster throughout the draft. While the plan made sense on paper, it didn't work in practice, as the Jags didn't get much production out of their rookie class, outside of a couple picks.
Fast forward to 2024, and most of the holes Jacksonville needed to fill remain unaddressed. The interior offensive line should be at the top of their to-do list. Last season, they couldn't give Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw or open lanes for the running game. The team's brass should also find a No. 3 pass rusher behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen.
But as important as checking off these two boxes is, there are other not-so-clear needs the Jaguars will need to take care of in the offseason. These three, in particular, stand out.
3. The Jaguars must add depth to their receiver corps
Re-signing Calvin Ridley will be one of the biggest storylines surrounding the Jaguars in the offseason. But even if they bring back the Alabama product, they will still need to bolster their wide receiver group. Their dearth of depth at the position was exposed when Zay Jones missed time, failing to find someone who could step in his place during his absence. Something similar happened when Christian Kirk sat out the last four games of the season.
When Jones was out, Jamal Agnew and Tim Jones filled in for him. The former is set to become a free agent and it's uncertain if bringing back is in the team's plans. Also, Tim Jones is a serviceable player but there was a noticeable dropoff when he was on the field. Using an early or even a mid-round pick at the position would make sense.
It's worth noting that Zay Jones could be a cap casualty. He's coming off a down year and is set to make $11 million in 2024. If the Jaguars cut ties with him, they could create $4. 44 million with $6.56 million in dead money. If that's the path they take, they'll then need to find his replacement in free agency or the draft.