Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Note: The Jaguars offensive team needs are based on players who are under contract through the 2013 season.
Now that the Super Bowl is over and done with, everyone can turn their attention to the 2013 offseason and what the Jacksonville Jaguars needs to do in the offseason. First we need to look at what the Jaguars need however, and we will begin on the offensive side of the football.
Currently the Jaguars have Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne under contract headed into 2013, but competition will need to be added to the position in some form. Be it free agency or the NFL Draft, the team needs to add something at the position.
Running back (Yes)
The running back position for the Jaguars for a longtime was thought of as a position of strength, but with Maurice Jones-Drew breaking a bone in his foot, the lack of depth at the position was finally exposed. Rashad Jennings was a massive disappointment after looking like a starter all preseason and then beyond that it was a myriad of just ineffective rushers. The running back position is one that the Jaguars will absolutely need to explore.
Wide receiver (Yes)
The Jaguars seemed to have two starting caliber receivers in Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon, but the status of Laurent Robinson's future is in doubt with his concussions. After that it's a hodge-podge of players so I would think that wide receiver is a need in some form or fashion, especially if Robinson isn't ready to play and at this point you have to assume he isn't.
Tight end (Yes)
The Jaguars have a good tight end in Marcedes Lewis, who's a proficient blocker and when actually used in the passing game is a good receiver who presents matchup problems, but the team needs another threat at the position. The team has generally rolled with just another blocker behind Lewis, but it's time to bring in another receiving threat to pair with Lewis at the position.
Offensive line (Yes)
The Jaguars have a good left tackle in Eugene Monroe and a good guard (when healthy, which he wasn't in 2012) in Uche Nwaneri, but one could argue upgrades at the other three positions are necessary. The play of center Brad Meester has been on the decline and it's possible he could retire this offseason, but he's also a free agent. The Jaguars have Will Rackley and Michael Brewster coming back from injury, but all in all they're relatively unknowns. The biggest hole that needs to be fixed is at the right tackle position. Cameron Bradfield is an adequate backup swing tackle, but he's just not a fulltime starting caliber offensive tackle right now.