The Jacksonville Jaguars have come a long way. After winning a combined four games in 2020-2021, they managed muster nine victories in each of the past two seasons. Not making the playoffs last year certainly represents a step back, especially when you consider that they had to watch the division-rival Houston Texans get to the divisional round last year. On the bright side, the Jags don't have to start all over again. They have enough talent on the roster to bounce back in 2024.
For that to happen, the coaching staff will need to put players in a position to succeed. Also, the front office will need to restock the roster and load up on talent. If that means making a couple of splash signings in free agency, so be it. While the Jags still need to build through the draft, they also need to add a pair of game-changers who can have an impact right off the bat.
Fortunately for Jacksonville, there will be a wide array of options in the open market. But if they really want to boost their chances of making the Super Bowl next year, they should go after any of these four players.
4. Kendall Fuller, cornerback
The Jaguars have a pair of starting boundary cornerbacks in Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams but they need to round out the group. Tre Herndon has been serviceable in the slot these past two seasons but he's slated to be a free agent. The team's brass could use the opportunity to upgrade the nickel position.
As the 2023 season progressed, Herndon was phased out in favor of then-rookie Antonio Johnson. While there's a chance Johnson will continue in the slot, the coaching staff could move him to safety, his natural position. If that's the course the action they take and Herndon leaves, the team's brass could then target Kendall Fuller in free agency.
Fuller, like Johnson, can line up at both the slot and safety. That kind of flexibility would allow defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen to deploy three-safety packages or leave both Fuller and Johnson on the field at the same time. A third-round pick in 2016, the Virginia Tech product has been a staple of the Washington Commanders' defense the past four seasons, registering 10 interceptions and 49 passes defensed in that span.
The Jags could most definitely use that kind of production from the nickel position. Fuller could provide it.