4 Jacksonville Jaguars who need to change their narrative in 2024

• These 4 players need to step up in 2024 if the Jaguars want to compete.

Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16)
Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) / Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars fell short of expectations last year. Favored to win the AFC South title, they faltered down the stretch and failed to make the playoffs. Following a disappointing end to the season, the Jags have made several changes to avoid another collapse. They started by revamping their coaching staff. They then proceeded to address a handful of needs.

Next is the draft, and if Jacksonville manages to come out with a good haul, they should be in a position to reclaim the AFC South. It would also help if a handful of players change their narrative next season. These four, in particular, come to mind.

4. Chad Muma, linebacker

Re-signing linebacker Foyesade Oluokun ensures defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen has enough pieces to install his scheme. But one unintended consequence of bringing back the veteran is that the decision to draft Chad Muma came under fire.

Back in 2022, linebacker was a need for the Jaguars, so it wasn't surprising that they signed Oluokun and later drafted Devin Lloyd in the first round. However, general manager Trent Baalke didn't stop there and took Muma in the third round. Even though the pick seemed excessive, it made sense at the time because you should never stop adding playmakers, and Muma came in with lots of upside.

However, Muma has been unremarkable the past two seasons. He started a few games as a rookie in relief of Lloyd but returned to the sidelines when he suffered an ankle injury. The former Wyoming Cowboy once again subbed in for Lloyd for a couple games last year but was underwhelming. He now enters 2024 with uncertainty.

With Oluokun and Lloyd expected to start, Muma will need to fend off sophomore Ventrell Miller to keep the top backup spot at linebacker. That's certainly not what the Jags envisioned when they drafted him in 2024. Maybe Muma will put it all together but this could turn out to be a make-or-break season for him.