The Jacksonville Jaguars fortified their roster in the offseason and are expected to be much better than they were last year. However, it's too early to crown them and grant them a playoff berth. Although they're poised to be the best team in the AFC South, things can change at any time and there are a few things that could hinder their chances of repeating as division champs and returning to the playoffs in 2023.
If the Jags want to avoid regressing next season, they must prevent these four scenarios at all costs.
Catastrophe 4: The Jaguars don't have an adequate answer in the slot
Cornerbacks Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams will tentatively start in the boundaries in 2023 but the Jaguars could use a boost at nickel. The coaching staff seems to be high on veteran Tre Herndon, who returned on a one-year deal, but he might be better suited for a reserve role at this stage of his career.
The problem is that the Jaguars' brass chose not to add an alternative at nickel in free agency and waited until Round 6 of this year's draft to select Christian Braswell, who's gotten reps in the slot during offseason workouts. Fellow rookie Antonio Johnson is another option but he would need to make the switch to nickel full-time after playing several positions at Texas A&M.
The cornerback market has dried up and there aren't many enticing options available. Thus, the Jaguars need their young corners to develop quickly. If they don't, the nickel position could be a weakness next season.