July 12, 2024

One week into NFL free agency, and the whole league is nearly turned upside down. It’s been a busy week for all 32 teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have made 13 signings thus far.

It was a disappointing season for the Jaguars, who fell just short of making the playoffs, failing to live up to any expectations set upon them after a surprising 2022 season. Then again, they were decimated by injuries late last season to notable players that likely ended up leading to them losing five out of their last six games. Nonetheless, its on to the 2024 season for Doug Pederson and his Jaguars, who have been fairly active in free agency to this point.

Arik Armstead’s signing significantly strengthens the Jaguars’ interior defensive line, addressing a major weakness from last season. Despite recent injury concerns, his track record suggests he can be a quiet valuable when healthy. The move also allows the Jaguars flexibility in the draft, potentially focusing on other positions like cornerback.

Gabe Davis’ signing adds a valuable dimension to the Jaguars’ receiving corps with his ability to stretch the field and make contested catches. He’s definitely not a replacement to Calvin Ridley, but he’s a solid WR2. Last season he had 45 receptions for 746 yards and seven touchdowns, per Pro-Football-Reference.

Joey Slye’s signing addresses the Jaguars’ need for a reliable kicker given that wasn’t much the case with Brandon McManus. But he’ll have competition with Riley Patterson and Wil Lutz. His career field goal percentage and ability to kick from long range made him an attractive option for the team. From 50 yards or more, he went 8-for-12 last season.

Grade: B-

D’Ernest Johnson, RB

Johnson’s return provides depth at the running back position and ensures the Jaguars have a backup behind Travis Etienne Jr. The Jaguars likely don’t feel comfortable with their running back room outside of Etienne, with only Tank Bigsby the other option. Johnson played in all 17 games last season, accounting for 41 carries for 108 yards, plus 10 receptions for 140 yards

Jeremiah Ledbetter, DT

Jeremiah Ledbetter adds consistency and ability to contribute in a rotational spot on the interior of the defensive line. He had his best season of his career last year, having 24 tackles and recovering a fumble. He’s a great depth piece for the Jacksonville.

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