Jaguars training camp 2023: 3 important storylines to keep tabs on

• Will any of the Jaguars' young pass rushers step up?

• Tre Herndon is the frontrunner to line up at nickel but he may have competition

• The Jaguars O-Line has moving pieces, how will they mesh?

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1. Will any of the Jaguars young pass rushers step up in training camp?

The Jaguars lost defensive end Arden Key to the Tennessee Titans in free agency and news arose that Dawuane Smoot will be visiting the Baltimore Ravens next week. That's two key members of last year's pass rush the Jaguars will potentially need to replace.

Smoot and Key accounted for 9.5 sacks last year, and the Jaguars are counting on rookies Tyler Lacy and Yasir Abdullah to pick up some of the slack. However, expecting either one to have a huge impact right off the bat might be bit too much to ask. Jordan Smith and K'Lavon Chaisson are also in the mix but neither has done enough over the last two seasons to make you think they'll turn the corner next season.

Granted, Smith missed the 2022 season with an ACL tear but he was a mostly a healthy scratch the year before, so it's hard to see him getting significant playing time. On the other hand, K'Lavon Chaisson hasn't done much since Jacksonville drafted him 20th overall in 2020. While defensive line coach Brentson Buckner believes he's poised for a huge leap in 2023, nobody will bat an eye if he ends up faltering.

Make no mistake, any of the aforementioned pass rushers could end up stepping up in training camp and earning a considerable role next season but there's an equal chance they won't stand out. If that's the case, the Jaguars might need to look for outside help to give their pass rush a boost. The good news is that the team's brass still has ample time to see if any of their young players can indeed separate themselves from the rest.

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