After an awful 2021 season, from a mid-season head coach firing to ending up with the first overall pick – again –, the Jacksonville Jaguars seem to be turning a page. Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson was hired, and he was given the resources to try to turn the team around.
Improvements: Spending Spree
It is hard to pick one specific position group in which the Jaguars improved, mainly because they spent a lot of money to improve all over the field. On the offensive line, they signed one of the best guards in the NFL in Brandon Scherff and re-signed Cam Robinson, both to massive contracts. They added two new receivers in Christian Kirk, who they haver, and Zay Jones, as well as tight end Evan Engram.
#Jaguars spending spree big board:
WR Christian Kirk: 4 years, $72M
G Brandon Scherff: 3 years, $49.5M
LB Foye Oluokun: 3 years, $45M
CB Darious Williams: 3 years, $30M
DT Foley Fatukasi: 3 years, $30M
WR Zay Jones: 3 years, $24M
TE Evan Engram: 1 year, $9M
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 16, 2022
On defense, they spent money on every level of the defense. They signed defensive tackle Foley Fatukasim, linebacker Foye Oluokun, and cornerback Darious Williams for a combined total of $66 million guaranteed money between these three players.
Stayed the Same: Running Back
Running back was about the only possession group the Jaguars invested nothing into this offseason, outside of a fifth-round draft pick spent on Snoop Conner. Before this offseason, running back was already a position group of strength after two solid years from James Robinson.
In the last draft, the Jaguars also used a first-round pick on Travis Etienne Jr. but did not play a snap last season due to a foot injury that forced him to miss his rookie season. All reports show he will be healthy for the upcoming season and should make an impact.
Got worse: Nothing
The Jaguars spent a lot of money to improve their roster, and they did it in a way that benefited every position. They then went into the draft to add depth around their big free agency moves. Outside of linebacker Myles Jack, who they replaced immediately, they did not lose any big-name players and only gained talent.
The Jaguars made all the necessary moves to take steps toward being competitive. Will they become a good team that is a challenge to defeat, or is it still a clear rebuild but with a plan? However, the fact is that the Jaguars are a lot better than they were last season.
- Week 1: 9/11 at Commanders, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 2: 9/18 vs Colts, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 3: 9/25 at Chargers, 4:05 p.m., CBS
- Week 4: 10/2 at Eagles, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 5: 10/9 vs Texans, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 6: 10/16 at Colts, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 7: 10/23 vs Giants, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 8: 10/30 vs Broncos (Wembley), 9:30 a.m., ESPN+
- Week 9: 11/6 vs Raiders, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 10: 11/13 at Chiefs, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 11: BYE
- Week 12: 11/27 vs Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 13: 12/4 at Lions, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 14: 12/11 at Titans, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 15: 12/18 vs Cowboys, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 16: 12/22 at Jets (Thursday), 8:15 p.m., Amazon Prime Video
- Week 17: 1/1 at Texas, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 18: 1/8 vs Titans, TBD, TBD