With free agency and now the NFL Draft finished, the Jacksonville Jaguars have upgraded quite a few positions on their roster.
Offensive line? Check.
Defensive line? Check.
Tight end? Well...
ESPN and Football Outsiders recently talked about the biggest roster holes on all 32 NFL teams and (surprise! surprise!) the Jaguars are still without a playmaking tight end on offense.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Tight end
Josh Allen falling to the seventh pick was an unexpected surprise, and Jacksonville still got the right tackle it needed in the second round in the form of Jawaan Taylor (a player some mock drafts had Jacksonville taking in the first round). Using their first two picks there meant the Jaguars could not address one of their most pressing needs, tight end, until using a third-round pick on Josh Oliver. Coming from arguably the worst program in FBS football at San Jose State, Oliver will be required to produce immediately after joining one of the league’s weakest and thinnest groups. New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo’s past with Nick Foles featured plenty of two-tight-end sets, and they will have to rely on the unpolished Oliver plus James O’Shaughnessy and former Cowboys backup Geoff Swaim, both among the league’s most inefficient receiving tight ends last year.
I’d have to agree. Josh Oliver, Geoff Swaim, and whoever else is there aren’t the answer.
In fact, I’d argue that besides offensive line and quarterback, the Jaguars are woefully below average right now. There are some good players there — Dede Westbrook is in line for a big season — but the offense as a whole still needs a lot of work.
What do you think? Is there a bigger hole on the Jaguars’ roster than tight end? Let us know in the comments below!