4 underrated Jaguars players who could make a massive impact next season

• Here are 4 Jaguars who could have a bigger impact than expected in 2024.

Aug 19, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Tank Bigsby (4) runs the
Aug 19, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Tank Bigsby (4) runs the / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Tank Bigsby, running back

There's no way to sugarcoat it, Tank Bigsby was underwhelming as a rookie. A third-round pick last year, Bigsby was expected to form a 1-2 punch at running back alongside Travis Etienne and wear defenses down as the game progressed. Unfortunately, things didn't go the way the team's brass hoped. In fact, his NFL debut was one he would surely like to forget.

In the opener, Bigsby was responsible for two turnovers. First, he couldn't reel in a pass that ended in the hands of cornerback Tony Brown. He later picked off a live ball that defensive end DeForest Buckner took away from him and returned it to the end zone for a defensive touchdown. Things didn't get much better the rest of the season.

Against the San Francisco 49ers, Bigsby once again couldn't secure a pass. And once again, it was picked off. Compounding the issue is that the former Auburn Tiger lost two fumbles in 2023. Not surprisingly he was bumped down the depth chart.

But despite his growing pains, the Jaguars' brass hasn't given up on Bigsby. Head coach Doug Pederson expects him to have a bigger impact in Year 2, and that's reasonable. Some of his mistakes were the result of sheer bad luck. Furthermore, he should be able to work on his fumbling woes. Granted, it's not an area of concern, but he needs to do a better job of holding onto the football if he wants to get playing time.

If Bigsby secures the football and leaves his rookie struggles in the past, he should be able to become the playmaker the Jaguars think he is. It would also help if he carries a rabbit's foot with him at all times. Just in case.

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