If there's one team that's facing pressure to improve over the offseason it's the Jacksonville Jaguars. After years of mediocrity, the Jaguars' call for help was answered when they drafted Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence 1st overall at this year's draft. Now that Lawrence is in town, the team needs to improve all aspects of their game to give their rookie signal-caller the best chance to succeed. That includes addressing needs on both sides of the ball.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars made another offseason move to add more depth, this time at the cornerback position. The team traded CB Josiah Scott to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Jameson Houston and a 2023 sixth-round pick.
Jaguars Trade News
A 2020 fourth-round selection, Scott wasn't great with the Jaguars in his rookie season. He missed a lot of time, playing in just six games throughout the campaign. During that span, he tallied 11 total tackles, including one for a loss. ProFootballFocus gave Scott an overall grade of 46.9, which isn't great by any stretch of the imagination. If anything, it gave the Jaguars a reason to improve their secondary.
Meanwhile, Houston spent most of the season on the Eagles practice squad. He did manage to suit up for 22 regular-season snaps, but that was enough to convince the Jaguars that he was worth acquiring. Quarterbacks who targeted players that Houston was covering were held to a 42.4 pass rating. It's obviously an extremely small sample size, but the potential could be there.
While the trade was a cornerback for a cornerback, the Jaguars figured they had to do what was needed to shake up their secondary depth. After all, Jacksonville allowed 264.4 passing yards per game last season, which ranked 7th-worst in the NFL. Considering how the organization doesn't want Lawrence in a situation where he's constantly entering the game to a losing score or poor field positioning, some secondary improvements were needed.
As it stands, the Jaguars are currently tied for the 3rd-worst odds to win the Super Bowl at +10000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. They may not sniff a championship this season, but Super Bowl-winning teams are built on depth and it looks like Jacksonville is taking a step in the right direction with its latest trade.
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