The first few waves of 2019 NFL free agency have come and gone with almost all of the marquee signings off the board. The Jacksonville Jaguars added Nick Foles and brought back right guard A.J. Cann, but there are still some needs the team is going to have to fill with some stop-gap free agents and draft picks.
Currently, the most glaring hole on the Jaguars roster is at the tight end position. The team currently has just Ben Koyack and Pharoah McKever under contract. The Jaguars didn’t appear to be active on the tight end market in free agency, though I did hear they had interest in Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah prior to him re-signing with Cincy. I think this points to the team targeting at least one tight end early in the draft, many think as high as seventh overall with T.J. Hockenson, and it would make total sense.
I presume the starter at right tackle is going to be 2018 fourth-round pick Will Richardson or a 2019 draft pick at this point. I always figured the Jaguars would get a veteran for one of their two open spots in the line and use a rookie for the other and with bringing back Cann, right tackle is that open spot.
That’s not the only issue on the offensive line the team needs to address, though. A lot of the Jaguars depth, who plays a ton of snaps in 2018, are unrestricted free agents. Currently the team no longer has Ereck Flowers, Josh Wells, Tyler Shatley, Chris Reed, Patrick Omameh, Corey Robinson and Josh Walker. I believe all but Robinson saw significant playing time last season and make up a large chunk of the Jaguars depth at the position group. You can’t fill that all in with draft picks and undrafted players, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a handful of them back at the right price.
I thought the team would be in play for someone like Mark Ingram or Adrian Peterson if the price was right, and after seeing the deal Tevin Coleman got they probably should have been in on that, but they chose to pass. Currently the team only has Leonard Fournette, Thomas Rawls, David Williams and Demetri Flowers on the roster. I’d expect at least three more backs added prior to training camp, likely at least one being a 2019 NFL Draft pick. The team made a huge mistake going into the 2018 season with only three backs on the active roster and I can’t imagine they’ll do that again.
While the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line overall is deep and talented, they’re a little thin at the edge rusher position. Yannick Ngakoue is really the only true weakside end they have on the roster so I’d expect with the depth in the 2019 NFL Draft class that gets addressed at some point, potentially as high as seventh overall. I don’t think there will be a veteran addition at that position, as those guys usually aren’t cheap one-year deal type players.