John Oehser, senior editor of jaguars.com
Jaguars position group that needs the most improvement: Strategist. The Jaguars have won four games in the past two seasons, so the reality is that most positions need to improve. That’s the case with the wide receiver, offensive line, outside linebacker and a group of inside linebackers who underwent an overhaul this offseason. But Lawrence was the most important story of the offseason, and he will be the most important story of the 2022 season. If he improves in the scheme of head coach Doug Pederson under the direction of coordinator freshman Press Taylor, so he and the Jaguars have a bright future. If he doesn’t, the upcoming offseason will hold a lot of questions and uncertainties.
Brian Sexton, Jaguars.com Senior Correspondent
Jaguars position group that needs the most improvement: Tight end. This area must be more present in 2022. It’s a talented group, so it should be better. But when you’re looking for lag in the passing game, it’s going to have to come from tight ends because receivers aren’t oversized or extremely fast. Engram would be a big receiver or fast tight end, which puts him squarely in Alshon Jeffrey’s role in this offense. If you watched Pederson’s Eagles in 2017, you know it was Jeffrey – who is about the same height and athlete as Engram – who played in the big moments. Engram is a smooth road runner who — despite a reputation for inconsistent hands — looked good when the ball came this spring. He’s a terrific athlete – and if he can lead the way, then maybe Dan Arnold can use his size and deceptive speed to win one-on-one clashes that weren’t there for him. last season. Engram is the key, which features since he is the highest paid in the room. But if he plays to his talent level, he will significantly improve the tight end squad as a whole.
JP Shadrick, senior reporter/editor of jaguars.com
Jaguars position group that needs the most improvement: Outside linebacker. Josh Allen enters his fourth NFL season with a renewed outlook and is trying to return to Pro Bowl form starting in his 2019 rookie season. He also has a new running mate in Travon Walker, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, which could help balance it all out. They’re still looking for more production from former first-round pick K’Lavon Chaisson, but he’s got the physical tools to get the job done.
Ashlyn Sullivan, digital journalist and host
Jaguars position group that needs the most improvement: wide receiver. No matter what week last season, won or lost, we kept talking about the lack of explosive plays. Drop balls and the general lack of impact Jaguars receivers have on the game has always been a topic. Now…I think they are already better. Signing Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency will distract from Marvin Jr. Jones, who was really the only “threat” defenders needed to pay attention to in 2021. Kirk, Zay Jones and Marvin Jones are your three receivers; seeing where Laviska Shenault Jr. stands will be a major storyline in training camp.