The Jacksonville Jaguars have built a roster full of playmakers and depth over the last two years. Add the presence of head coach Doug Pederson and the Jags should be a favorite to make the playoffs and win the AFC South title for the second year in a row. However, Jared Dubin of CBS Sports isn't really impressed and left them out of his list of most complete clubs ahead of the 2023 season.
Dubin recently ranked the teams with the most depth and talent and Jacksonville was nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Baltimore Ravens, the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills, the Cincinnati Bengals, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Philadelphia Eagles made the cut, in that order.
Make no mistake, all those teams are stacked with talent, and ranking the Jags above the Chiefs or Philly simply would not be objective. Having said that, it's fair to wonder if clubs such as the Chargers or the Hawks are more complete than Jacksonville.
Los Angeles will get several players back from injury and Seattle has one of the best cornerback groups in the league. However, the Jaguars' secondary is also pretty good and they have one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Trevor Lawrence. Moreover, Jacksonville beat many of those teams last year. Granted, what happened in 2022 doesn't have a bearing next season but it's still worth noting that the Jaguars have held their own against many of the clubs on the ranking.
As a matter of fact, the Jags are projected to have the second-most win totals in the league and that would only happen if they had enough talent in place, which they do.
The Jacksonville Jaguars made enough upgrades to the roster in the offseason
The Jacksonville Jaguars were relatively quiet in free agency and limited themselves to making depth signings. However, they came out of the 2023 draft with 13 players. While a few of them will need to develop before they can contribute, some of them could have a huge impact as rookies.
Moreover, the Jags were able to keep most of last year's nucleus together. Although they weren't able to retain right tackle Jawaan Taylor and defensive end Arden Key, they managed to bring back most of their players set to leave in free agency. Add their rookie class, and Jacksonville should be able to pick up where they left off last year.
The offense in particular should be even better with Trevor Lawrence getting a new weapon in wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Entering Year 2 in Doug Pederson's system, Lawrence should keep his ascension into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.
While some analysts wonder whether the Jacksonville Jaguars were a one-year wonder in 2022, many others recognize their potential and have already hopped on the bandwagon ahead of the regular season. If they get off to a strong start, it will be hard to continue to snub them.