4 Jaguars players who didn't live up to expectations in 2023

• These four players played a role in the Jaguars' failure to make the playoffs last year.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Tank Bigsby (4) pushes through Carolina Panthers defenders on his
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Tank Bigsby (4) pushes through Carolina Panthers defenders on his / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY
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1. Luke Fortner, center

Unlike other players on this list, Luke Fortner may have run out of opportunities in Jacksonville. A third-round pick in 2022, he was a Day 1 starter and has gone on to make 34 consecutive starts. On top of that, he has played every single offensive snap, a feat worthy of recognition. But that's where the positives end for the former Kentucky Wildcat.

Fortner was arguably the weakest link on an offensive line that couldn't protect Trevor Lawrence or pave the way for Travis Etienne in 2023. Not only was he often pushed around at the line of scrimmage but he was also 31st among centers in pass-block win rate last year. While he could bounce back and eventually put it all together, it seems like the Jaguars' brass believe he was the main issue upfront.

Jacksonville restructured Brandon Scherff's contract, ensuring he stays around for another season. Similarly, left guard Ezra Cleveland signed a three-year deal worth $24 to remain with the Jags. On the other hand, Fortner could be replaced this offseason. Mitch Morse met with the team's brass, and he could be a solid upgrade at center.

But if the Jaguars don't sign Morse — they haven't as of this writing — they will still have ample options in the free agency or the draft.

Maybe the Jaguars can bring in a veteran center and keep Fortner to learn behind him and work on his craft. But for the time being, he seems like a good bet to spend the 2024 season on the sidelines.

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