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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2. Tyson Campbell, cornerback

The Jaguars raised eyebrows when they drafted cornerback Tyson Campbell 33rd overall in 2021. It wasn't that he was a bad player, but the front office had already signed Shaquill Griffin in free agency and brought back Tre Herndon and Sidney Jones. Moreover, then-sophomore C.J. Henderson was expected to make a leap, so the Campbell pick seemed unnecessary. But in retrospect, it was the right call.

Jones was traded before the start of the 2021 season, and Henderson suffered the same fate a few weeks later. Griffin was good but not great that year while Campbell progressively got better. Granted, he got off to a slow start to his NFL career but that's because he was miscast as a nickel. Once he moved to the boundaries, he fared much better, finishing his rookie campaign with a team-high two interceptions.

Campbell continued his ascension in Year 2, tallying three interceptions and giving up fewer than 10.0 yards per reception. By the end of the 2022 season, he had joined the conversation about the top 10 corners in the league. Expected to build off of his sophomore campaign, the former Georgia Bulldog instead struggled.

Injuries held Campbell back. First a hamstring, and later a quad. He still managed to suit up for 11 games but wasn't nearly as productive, registering no picks and surrendering 12.4 yards per completion. With Ryan Nielsen taking over the defense, Campbell's future in Jacksonville could be in doubt.

Campbell is better suited to play zone but he'll be tasked with playing press coverage under Nielsen. Not only will the third-year corner have to show he's 100 healthy but he'll have to do it while adjusting to a new scheme. That could be a steep hill to climb, but he'll be given a legitimate chance to bounce back and reclaim his place as one of the best corners in the league.