Coming off a season in which they won just six games, it's painfully obvious that the Jaguars have plenty of needs. But that got me thinking: which personnel needs are the biggest? Like, if the Jaguars don't address these positions in a big way, there's absolutely no way they'll get back on the right track in 2020.
Here we go!
From my perch, this is by far the most significant need for the Jaguars. Marcell Dareus is likely on his way out of Duval — there's no way the Jaguars keep him around with a cap number of $22.5 million — and without him in the lineup in 2019, the Jaguars' run defense was easily the worst in football. Stopping the run will be vital for the Jaguars to achieve better results in 2020. Adding a run-stuffing defensive tackle, whether it be in the draft or free agency, will go a long way in that regard.
The Jaguars' linebacker play was abysmal in 2019. Rookie Quincy Williams never found his way at weakside linebacker, and Myles Jack struggled in his second full season in the middle. The Jaguars MUST move Myles Jack outside to his more natural WILL position and focus on getting a middle linebacker that can direct the defense and be a presence against the run. Jake Ryan is still on the roster, but he never got healthy after signing with the Jaguars last offseason, and the team would save $6 million in cap space by cutting him. The Jaguars need to figure out how to proceed at middle linebacker. Adding a talented one in the draft wouldn't hurt.
AJ Cann had his worst season as a pro in 2019. After re-signing with the Jaguars on a short term deal worth $5 million per year, AJ Cann seemingly never found his footing. Allowing 31 pressures from a guard spot is merely unacceptable. The Jaguars must get better along the offensive line in 2020, and replacing AJ Cann could be the first step in the right direction.
The Left Side of the Offensive Line
I know this isn't a singular position. Sue Me! But the Jaguars need to clean up the left side of the offensive line. At left tackle, Cam Robinson struggled mightily after his return from a torn ACL. Instead of working on his technique throughout the 2019 offseason and training camp, Robinson was working just to get back on the field. It's possible that with a full offseason focused on honing his craft, Robinson could see a big jump in 2020. The Jaguars' left guard, Andrew Norwell, also struggled in 2019. While his issues on the field weren't on the same level as Robinson's, he too needs to improve or be sent packing. The Jags need to, at the very least, add some depth to the left side of the line; they need to have more options. If Robinson can't get it right at left tackle, perhaps he could kick inside to guard, but that will only work if the Jaguars add someone who can compete at left tackle.
Other needs include: Another legit starting wide receiver to pair with DJ Chark, a tight end that can stay on the field, a playmaking safety, depth at corner, a penetrating 3-tech.
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