5 biggest X-factors for the Jaguars heading into the 2023 season

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) takes to the field through the tunnel-
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) takes to the field through the tunnel- / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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No. 4 biggest X-factor for the Jaguars in 2023: Parker Washington, WR

Wide receiver wasn't a need for the Jags this offseason after signing Christian Kirk and Zay Jones last offseason and later trading for Calvin Ridley. However, that didn't stop general manager Trent Baalke from using a sixth-round pick in this year's draft of Penn State's Parker Washington, who will have the opportunity to watch and learn from one of the best receiver trios in the league.

Ridley is a bonafide No. 1 receiver and his addition will allow Kirk to line up in the slot, where he's the most effective. Jones can also line up inside or outside, so they all should have their fair share of favorable matchups in 2023. The downside of having such a high-powered trio is that there won't be many targets left for other players. Jamal Agnew, whose main role is as a return specialist, could also get a few touches on offense.

However, if Washington develops quickly, the coaching staff will be incentivize to use Agnew solely on special teams. Make no mistake, Agnew is an electrifying player but if someone else can step up, he won't need to moonlight as a receiver, which would in turn increase his impact on the return game.

That player can be Washington. At 5'10" and 204 pounds, the former Nittany Lion doesn't have the ideal size to play receiver in the NFL but the former Nittany Lion has good hands and the quickness to make defenders miss. The fact that he would often line up against the opponent's fourth or fifth corner would provide him with plenty of enticing matchups and if he can take advantage of them, he could earn more playing time as the season progresses.