Which Jacksonville Jaguars are entering contract years in 2022?
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a roster that changes daily. A young team, the Jaguars have already done all the overhauling of familiar faces and the overall depth chart on all three sides of the ball.
As with every season, there is a select group of players on the roster entering some of the most important seasons they will play: the contract years. The Jaguars had key players during the contract years last year in Cam Robinson, who was re-signed, and DJ Chark, who left in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions.
But which players on this year’s list face contract years in 2022? We take a look at the deep group below.
WR Marvin Jones
Jacksonville’s leader in catches, yards received and touchdowns last year, Marvin Jones was the only real credible threat on Jacksonville’s offense. Jones didn’t have the production he had in recent years, but he was important to Trevor Lawrence on several occasions. He will turn 32 in the 2022 season, marking the final stages of his career.
DL Malcom Brown
Acquired in a trade with the New Orleans Saints during the offseason, Malcom Brown is one of the most important veterans of the Jacksonville team. After starting 17 games last year, he is still only 28 and could potentially see another contract after this season.
EDGE Dawuane smooth
A true breakout player in recent seasons, few defensemen on the Jacksonville roster have raised their game quite like former third-round pick Dawuane Smoot. In 48 games over the past three years, he has recorded 17.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss and 40 quarterback hits. He’s a legitimate part of Jacksonville’s pass-rush rotation and is just 27 years old.
TE Evan Engram
Signed for a year of $9 million with $8.25 guaranteed money in March, former first-round tight end Evan Engram is the only player the Jaguars have signed for a year in free agency this offseason. Expect the Jaguars to be interested in bringing him back, especially if he produces this year.
RT Jawaan Taylor
One of the team’s most enduring players, Jawaan Taylor has started all 49 games he’s been able to play since the Jaguars traded him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Taylor has yet to earn the right tackle job in 2022, but a good year, if he wins the job, could mean a solid deal.
TE Chris Manhertz
After signing a two-year deal with the Jaguars last March, Chris Manhertz is entering a key contract year in 2022. He caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown last year, but is a fierce tackler who is known as one of the leaders of the offense.
TE Dan Arnold
One of Jacksonville’s top guns last year, Dan Arnold should play another decent-sized role in this year’s offense. The former Carolina Panther will have to share the court with Evan Engram, but he caught 28 passes for 324 yards in just eight games with the Jaguars last year.
QB CJ Beathard
A player who won the substitute job last season and won praise from the coaching staff this year, CJ Beathard is a former top-100 pick with five years of experience. He also performed well in limited snaps last season.
Signed as a special teams specialist last March, Rudy Ford got a defensive role in his first year with the Jaguars. He started the year as a safety guard before spending time in the slot, recording 53 tackles, three pass breakups and one interception.
DL Key Arden
An under-the-radar addition for the Jaguars this offseason was their one-year contract with Arden Key, who was coached by Jaguars defensive line coach Brentson Buckner in 2019. Key enjoyed a career upswing with the 49ers the last season. In 17 regular season games in 2021, Key set career highs in sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (5), quarterback hits (17) and pressures (36).
S Andrew Wingard
Special teams ace Andrew Wingard has played 44 games since signing with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He has started 21 games in that span and will be a restricted free agent in 2023.
RB James Robinson
One of the best players on the Jaguars roster, James Robinson has 2,403 scrimmage yards and 18 touchdowns in 28 games over the past two seasons. He is expected to be a restricted free agent in 2023.
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OL Will Richardson
One of the few members of the 2018 draft class still on the roster, Will Richardson signed a one-year deal with the Jaguars this offseason. He has spent time at both guard positions and left tackle in his career.
DL Adam Gotsis
Adam Gotsis has been one of the best and most underrated members of Jacksonville’s defensive front over the past two seasons, appearing in 32 games and recording three sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and 10 hits. of the quarterback during the period.
WR Laquon treadmill
Signed for a year this offseason after impressing last year, Laquan Treadwell has a chance to earn a role again this year. The former Minnesota Vikings first-round pick played 12 games with the Jaguars after coming out on top during training camp, catching 33 passes for 434 yards (13.2 yards per catch) and a touchdown.
CB Tre Herndon
A player with both inside, outside and special teams experience, Tre Herndon has been a mainstay on the Jacksonville roster since 2018 and still has a chance this year to provide depth. .
K Ryan Santoso
Santoso has played in seven games during his career with the Titans, Panthers and Lions. Meanwhile, Santoso managed 4 out of 5 goals and 6 out of 8 extra point attempts.
QB Jake Luton
The former sixth-round quarterback re-signed with the Jaguars this offseason after a year away from the franchise. He will compete with EJ Perry for the No. 3 quarterback spot.
LB Russell Chapel
The former Tampa Bay linebacker recorded 18 tackles in 16 games for the Jaguars last season and has spent 2020 being coached by Mike Caldwell.
EDGE Rashod Berry
Berry originally signed with New England as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He played both defensive end and tight end for the Ohio State Buckeyes in college, including making two starts in place of Chase Young in his final season. After playing three games in his rookie season with the Patriots, he played five games with the Lions in the 2021 season.
OG Wes Martin
A former midfield pick who spent time with the New York Giants and Washington Commanders, Wes Martin joined the Jaguars roster via waivers earlier this month. Martin was originally drafted by Washington in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, with Washington selecting him out of Indiana with the No. 131 pick. Martin played in nine games and started five as a rookie. He appeared in 16 other games in 2020 and started five.
RB Ryquell Armstead
2019 fifth-round pick, Ryquell Armstead had a decent rookie year until COVID-19 forced him to miss all of 2020. He spent the last year with the Jaguars and New York Giants and will compete with Snoop Conner for a spot in the rotation at running back.
DB Brandon Rusnak
A member of the Jaguars roster since signing as an undrafted free agent in the 2019 season, Brandon Rusnak has played both safety and cornerback, appearing in 28 games and recording 30 tackles over the course of the season. last three years.
OLB Jamir Jones
Jones is a big-body point defenseman who has thrived at Notre Dame thanks to his ability to establish physical advantage and get his nose into the running game. Jones has played 15 games in 2021: three games with the Steelers, 10 games with the Rams and two games with the Jaguars.
RB Mekhi Sargent
Former Tennessee Titan and Los Angeles Ram Mekhi Sargent was canceled last December. He will need to earn a spot on the roster this season.
A stalwart of the Jacksonville roster in recent years, KC McDermott is a dark horse to make the 53-man roster as he competes for the starting gig at left guard. He has appeared in 16 games over the past two seasons.
OL Jared Hocker
A former Seattle Seahawk and Los Angeles Ram, the Jaguars signed Texas A&M-trained guard Jared Hocker to the practice squad last October. He will need to earn a spot on the roster this season, but could head into another year on the practice squad.