After a successful off-season, the Jaguars have a promising team with signs of improvement in all areas. Trevor Lawrence will have a lot to work with in his second year in the league. The Jaguars must show that they can compete with the Colts and Titans for the first in the AFC South. Now I look at three upgrades they can make before the start of the season to ensure they progress the best they can.
Odell Beckham Jr, WR
Replacing Zay Jones
Odell has been an elite receiver since he got drafted by the New York Giants in 2015. His remarkable catching ability and route running are reasons his stats have been some of the best since his rookie year. However, with him recovering from his torn ACL that he suffered from in the Super Bowl win for the Los Angeles Rams, he won’t be available till mid-season towards the end of the season. So while it won’t be the most reasonable for this year, signing Odell to a multi-year deal can be the most beneficial.
Eric Ebron, TE
Replacing Dan Arnold
Ebron had a disappointing year last season with Pittsburgh after a few seasons of being consistent at his position. Being the backup behind Vance McDonald, he only recorded 84 receiving yards and one touchdown. But with a move to Jacksonville, he’ll be moved to the starting position to mentor younger tight end Evan Engram, who has to deal with his obstacles in his time with the New York Giants.
Don’t Hightower, LB
Replacing Foyesade Oluokun
Don’t Hightower has been one of the league’s most consistent yet most overlooked linebackers since New England drafted him from the University of Alabama. In his time in New England, he was molded into an exceptional leader while being one of the most potent defensive players next to players the likes of Aaron Donald, T.J. Watt, and others. A veteran presence among the new linebackers (Devin Lloyd and Travon Walker) will be the most productive and beneficial move the Jaguars can make to bring back the dominant defense from their playoff run in 2017.
And while there are several moves the Jaguars can make, they know they are heading towards the best future they can make for their players.