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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3. Brandon Scherff, right guard

The Jacksonville Jaguars made several splash signings in 2022. One of their biggest acquisitions was right guard Brandon Scherff. A first-round pick in 2015, Scherff made the Pro Bowl five times and earned an All-Pro designation during his seven-year stint with the Washington Commanders. When the Jags gave him a three-year deal worth $49.5 million, they were paying him to be that player for them. However, the former Iowa Hawkeye has left a bit to be desired.

Make no mistake, Scherff has been solid in Jacksonville. Moreover, he hasn't missed a game the past two years, a noteworthy feat when you take into account that he hadn't appeared in a full season since 2016. That said, the Jags didn't pay him top-market money to be serviceable.

In 2022, Scherff gave up six sacks and 27 total pressures. He was better last year, allowing just two sacks and 15 total pressures, but he was still not playing at a level proportional to his salary. In his defense, he's played through injuries the past two seasons, an ankle injury in 2023 and a core injury the season prior. On top of that, he's become an important locker-room presence.

The team's brass seemed to have recognized Scherff's impact on and off the field and restructured his deal to ensure he stays in 2024. They could've easily released him and gotten $9 million in space but Jacksonville realized they were better off keeping him around. He'll now have the chance to show he deserved to be back, and if he manages to stay healthy, maybe this is the year he'll return to Pro Bowl shape.