3 young Jacksonville Jaguars ready for bigger roles in 2023

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd (33) and Travon Walker (44) at TIAA Bank Field.
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd (33) and Travon Walker (44) at TIAA Bank Field. / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY
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It would have been great to see the Jacksonville Jaguars be a bit more active in free agency. However, they were working with a tight budget, so it's not that shocking that they mainly focused on bringing back a few key players and adding depth. On the bright side, the Jags didn't need to make any splash signings and most of their offseason needs can be addressed in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Sure, it hurt to lose defensive end Arden Key, wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. and right tackle Jawaan Taylor in free agency but the Jaguars have several young players ready to step into bigger roles and help fill the void left by the departures. Here are three of those players.

No. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars player ready for a bigger role - Devin Lloyd

. . No. 3 young Jaguar ready for a bigger role in 2023. 52. . Devin Lloyd, LB. 33. player

You know the Jaguars' brass liked linebacker Devin Lloyd when they moved back into the first round to take him with the 27th overall selection in last year's draft. Looking back, you can't fault general manager Trent Baalke for trading up when you take into account that the former Utah Ute was one of the top prospects at the position.

Despite the fact that Lloyd missed a good chunk of training camp with a hamstring injury, he was the starter next to Foyesade Oluokun against the Washington Commanders in the opener. The California native rewarded the Jaguars' trust with six passes defensed and two interceptions in the first three weeks of the season. However, Lloyd eventually slowed down and hit a rookie wall, which led to his benching.

Although Lloyd will need to fend off Chad Muma in the summer, he's go the talent to beat him and once again be in the starting lineup in Week 1.