The Jacksonville Jaguars finished free agency and look to go into the 2020 NFL season with upgrades at linebacker, cornerback, and defensive line.
But what about their offense?
That will be the question going into the next few weeks as teams prepare for the NFL Draft in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Will they add another running back? What about a backup quarterback? Any chance they continue upgrading their defense?
As you can see, there are still some major deficiencies on the roster and the front office has some obvious needs for the NFL Draft:
- Tight end
- Wide receiver
- Running back
- Interior offensive line
- Defensive end
Some (if not all) of those positions will get addressed in the NFL Draft. But here’s where I stand right now on what the 53-man roster looks like if these were our players going into the offseason to prepare for the 2020 season.
Quarterbacks (2): Gardner Minshew, Josh Dobbs
This one’s not too difficult. There’s literally two quarterbacks on the roster currently. I have to imagine they draft a guy on Day 3. No offense to Dobbs, but I think they also sign a veteran to be a true backup to Minshew.
Running back (5): Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead, Devine Ozigbo, Jeremy McNichols, Devante Mays
Again, it’s very obvious to see we’re going to be drafting a running back. After the first three running backs, I don’t know if anyone is going to make the 53-man roster. The Jaguars need to move to more of a running back by committee approach instead of letting Fournette handle more than 82 percent of the offensive snaps like he did last season.
Wide receiver (6): DJ Chark, Marqise Lee, Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, CJ Board
Things are very fluid at wide receiver. I think Chark, Conley, Westbrook, and Cole are the only ones playing snaps next season on this list as I think Lee gets traded or cut and they draft a receiver in the first two days of the NFL Draft. As you can see, they need an upgrade here, but not as massive as at...
Tight end (4): Josh Oliver, James O’Shaugnessy, Charles Jones II, Matt Sokol
Uh... yeah. This team is definitely signing a veteran and drafting a guy in the middle rounds. These are the only four tight ends on the roster as of today.
Offensive line (9): Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jawaan Taylor, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, KC McDermott, Brandon Thomas
The first five players are the tentative starters before the NFL Draft and the team has made big investments in Shatley and Richardson. I’m surprised the team wasn’t able to offload Norwell during free agency as the team had an out this offseason on his contract. I wonder if he’ll be a part of a trade closer to April.
Defensive line (10): Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue, Dawuanne Smoot, Lerentee McCray, Rodney Gunter, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan, Dontavius Russell, Brian Price, Chuck Harris
Another position group that isn’t done yet. The Jaguars could lose Ngakoue, add one (or two!) defensive linemen in the NFL Draft, and even sign a guy to fill out the bottom of the roster. Whew.
Linebackers (5): Joe Schobert, Myles Jack, Quincy Williams, Leon Jacobs, Austin Calitro
Did not expect Calitro to be coming back on an exclusive rights tender, but here we are. I wouldn’t rule out drafting a guy and the team going with six. Hopefully they’ve learned from last season to keep more than they need.
Cornerbacks (5): Darqueze Dennard, Tre Herndon, D.J. Hayden, Parry Nickerson, Brandon Watson
These are the five cornerbacks currently on the roster and I expect one in the first round, likely with the No. 20 overall pick. The most proven outside cornerback this team currently has is Herndon and that’s just not good enough.
Safeties (4): Jarrod Wilson, Ronnie Harrison, Andrew Wingard, Josh Jones
Another position group that desperately needs an upgrade, albeit not as much as others. Look for them to target a safety either in the third or fourth round of the NFL Draft.
Special teams (3): Matt Orzech, Josh Lambo, Logan Cooke
Please do not ask me questions about special teams. My @ is not open at this time.