4 Jacksonville Jaguars who could be nice surprises in 2024

• These 4 players could turn out be nice surprises for the Jaguars next season.

Aug 19, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Elijah Cooks (84) stiff
Aug 19, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Elijah Cooks (84) stiff / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars expect several players to have a big impact in 2024. Some of them just arrived via free agency but should earn key roles right off the bat. Others dealt with injuries last year but should be back at full strength next season. On top of that, the Jags have a few wild cards.

There were a handful of players on the roster in 2023 that didn't do much of note, either because they weren't ready or missed time with injuries, but could have a bigger role next season. These four, in particular, could end up being nice surprises.

4. Ventrell Miller, linebacker

Ventrell Miller was a playmaker for the Florida Gators. However, a torn bicep and a foot injury in 2021 and 2022, respectively, hurt his draft stock and made him slide to the fourth round in last year's draft. He underwent foot surgery in the offseason and returned to training camp. He even suited up for the preseason but an Achilles injury ended his rookie campaign before it started.

After spending his rookie year on Injured Reserve, Miller should have a favorable chance of bouncing back in 2024. He may still be a few months away from returning, and it wouldn't make sense to rush his recovery. However, he should be available in training camp. If he is, he should challenge third-year pro Chad Muma or Caleb Johnson for a roster spot.

Of the three, Miller may have the highest ceiling. Muma, a third-round pick in 2022, has been the primary backup at inside linebacker the past two seasons. He fared well as a rookie but struggled last year. If the team's brass isn't pleased with his performance, they'll give Miller a chance to take his job next season.