5 Jaguars players primed for a bounce-back season in 2024

• These 5 Jaguars underachived in 2023. They should have no trouble bouncing back next season.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) celebrates his pass for a touchdown score to
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) celebrates his pass for a touchdown score to / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell is a prime candidate to rebound in 2024

Tyson Campbell got off to a low start to his NFL career, but once he hit his stride, he proved the Jags had made the right decision when they drafted him 33rd overall in 2021. The former Georgia Bulldog lined up at nickel early in his rookie season but moved him outside once the team's brass shipped C.J. Henderson out of town.

Switching Campbell to the boundaries turned out to be the correct call. By the end of 2021, he was arguably Jacksonville's defensive back. He built off of his rookie success and had an even better 2022. Besides registering three interceptions, tied for the most in the team, he gave up less than 10.0 yards per reception and joined the conversation about the top 10 corners in the league.

Unfortunately, a hamstring injury hindered Campbell's performance and forced him to miss six games last year. He should be fully healthy now but he'll also need to make the transition to Ryan Nielsen's press-heavy scheme. Given that he may be better suited to play zone, he might struggle. That said, he shouldn't be ruled out just yet.

It's true that the Jags added Jarrian Jones and Deantre Prince in the draft, but precisely because of their presence, Campbell may be incentivized to have a comeback season.

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence is a prime candidate to rebound in 2024

No Jaguar will be under more scrutiny than Trevor Lawrence next season. The first overall selection in 2021, Lawrence hasn't yet proved he is the generational talent he was thought to be coming out of college. That said, he's in a favorable position to once for all live up to his draft billing. In fact, he's already shown in 2022 that he can play at an elite level. He just needs to consistently perform at a high level, something he failed to do last year.

While Lawrence was his efficient self, the offensive line couldn't give him adequate protection. But despite getting pressured at an absurd rate, he managed to keep the Jags afloat. At least he did until he was plagued by injuries in the second half of the season.

Without an adequate supporting cast, an injured Lawrence was asked to carry the team on his shoulders. The results weren't pretty. The former Clemson Tiger tried to do too much, which often led to mistakes he wouldn't have made under different circumstances.

The Jaguars' brass recognized that Lawrence needed help, so they made upgrades across the roster in the offseason. Sure, the fourth-year quarterback must cut down on turnovers (especially lost fumbles) but he should do much better without having to deal with injuries and a much improved supporting cast. Don't be surprised if he becomes a Darkhorse MVP candidate by midseason.

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