Rankings Jaguars' 3 most glaring needs ahead of 2024 NFL free agency

• If the Jaguars want to make a run for the AFC South in 2024, they'll need to bolster these three position groups.

Nov 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars center Luke Fortner (79) lines up
Nov 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars center Luke Fortner (79) lines up / Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars got off to a strong start in 2023 but couldn't finish strong. Having missed the playoffs last year, they'll have some work to do if they want to re-claim the AFC South. First, they need to ensure they keep outside linebacker Josh Allen and wide receiver Calvin Ridley, their top two free agents.

Once the team's brass finds a way to keep Allen and Ridley, they'll need to make upgrades across the roster. In particular, they'll need to bolster the next three position groups, ranked in order of priority.

3. Wide receiver

Even if the Jaguars retain Calvin Ridley, they'll need to revamp their wide receiver corps. Zay Jones could be a cap casualty. If he's released, the team's brass would need to address the position in either free agency or the draft. LSU's Brian Thomas Jr. has often been mocked to Jacksonville this offseason. He and Keon Coleman would be a couple names to watch in the draft if the Jags move on from either Ridley or Jones.

Once the Jaguars sort out their starting trio, they should also look for depth at the position. Return specialist Jamal Agnew has routinely gotten playing time as a receiver but he could leave in free agency. Also, Tim Jones is a reliable contributor but his production won't pop off the stat sheet.

Parker Washington and Elijah Cooks could see an increased role in 2024 but that shouldn't stop the front office from adding depth. Grabriel Davis and/or Kendrick Bourne could be a couple of affordable options in the open market.