1. The Jaguars signing Brandon McManus to hold kicking duties
At first sight, signing a kicker might not seem like a great move but the Jaguars didn't have any glaring weaknesses after fortifying their roster in the draft. In fact, they had a solid kicker in Riley Patterson but they couldn't pass up the chance to land an even better one in Brandon McManus, who was released by the Denver Broncos in May.
The Jaguars tried out several kickers last offseason — Ryan Santoso, Andrew Mevis, and Elliot Fry — before claiming Patterson off waivers. The former Memphis Tiger had a rough stretch at the midpoint of the season but went 16-of-17 on his attempts the last seven games. Moreover, he nailed the game-winning field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers in Wild Card Weekend.
This is why it was a bit surprising to see the Jaguars part ways with Patterson and replace him with McManus. However, a closer look reveals this was a smart move. Patterson was a fan favorite but had limited leg strength. Meanwhile, McManus can routinely make field goals from behind the 50-yard line.
It's true that McManus missed eight attempts last year but five of them were of 50+ yards. Leave those aside and he only failed three. On top of that, he went 10-of-10 when kicking between the 40 and 50-yard line, so accuracy shouldn't be an issue next season
The bottom line is that McManus gives the Jaguars a proven commodity at kicker and if a game comes to wire in 2023, they might not have many better options kicking a last-minute field goal.