5 former Jacksonville Jaguars players who could thrive on new teams in 2023
The Jacksonville Jaguars have undergone plenty of changes over the last two seasons and players that had feature roles back in 2020 have either tumbled down the depth chart or joined other clubs. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Jags are fresh off a 9-7 season and find themselves in a position to make the playoffs and win the AFC South championship for the second straight year.
Looking back, Jacksonville has come a long way since it went 1-15 in 2020 and the Urban Meyer era in 2021. In that span, there weren't many difference-makers on the roster but there were several talented players who changed teams in free agency and could have a huge impact in 2023. Here are five of those players.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars player who could thrive on a new team: Sidney Jones
Cornerback Sidney Jones' NFL career got off to a bad start, tearing his Achilles at Washington's Pro Day. Originally projected to be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles picked him in the second round. The California native spent most of his rookie campaign recovering and didn't do much of note in his first three seasons, which led to his release in 2020.
Jones then joined the Jaguars and quickly joined the starting lineup. He appeared in nine games with six starts but once again hurt his Achilles. Still, he signed a one-year deal in 2021 and seemed poised to compete for a starting job. However, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks before the season started. The Hawks released him last November but the Las Vegas Raiders quickly swooped in and signed him.
Even though Jones didn't get much playing time last year, he's in a position to make an impact for his new team, the Cincinnati Bengals. He will probably start the season as the No. 4 cornerback on the depth chart, behind Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, and Cam Taylor-Britt. Nevertheless, he seems to be healthy and will have a realistic shot to earn a significant number of reps in training camp.
Jones is only 26 and could get plenty of snaps in the regular season if he can manage to stay healthy. All things considered, he's a low-key solid addition to the Bengals' secondary.