Don’t Sleep on Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars came into last season with Super Bowl dreams. The team looked to be the real deal after starting the season 2-0 with the second victory coming against the New England Patriots. Then the bottom fell out the team lost 11 of their last 14 including a seven-game losing streak midseason.
Jaguars Current State
The Jaguars lost by more than 10 points five times. Jacksonville’s offense scored 11 points and produced 58 yards fewer per game last season in comparison to 2017.
Blake Bortles, who had just signed a new deal, became the scapegoat for the offensive deficiencies. Bortles finished with a woeful 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games. Bortles fell victim to a benching midseason by head coach Doug Marrone.
The fact that workhorse running back Leonard Fournette only played eight games played a part in the offensive struggles. Fournette averaged only 3.3 yards per run in comparison to 3.9 yards in 2017. Fournette consistently dealt with a minimum of eight players in the box because of the Jaguars inept passing attack.
The vaunted Jaguars defense remained a bright spot finishing fifth overall on the defensive side of the ball. Jacksonville shut out a red hot Indianapolis Colts team in early December. The loss was the only one suffered by the Colts in their last ten games.
The defense became stronger with defensive end Josh Allen from Kentucky. The team roster consists of potential All-Pro selections Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Marcell Dareus.
The Jaguars also defter offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor from Florida. Jacksonville’s most significant acquisition this offseason is Nick Foles. Foles comes over from Philadelphia after leading the team for the second straight season to a deep playoff run. Foles the former Super Bowl MVP should bring stability at worst to the quarterback position. The worst-case scenario still should have Foles doubling the 2018 touchdown output of Bortles.
The Jaguars have the ability this season to stay in games and this alone along with their defense makes them a 500 team. The projected win total in eight wins and I expect them to at least match this number. In the event they do not I do predict the next heads to roll in Jacksonville are the current coaching staff.
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