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The Jaguars found themselves a good, long-term solution at quarterback in selecting Blake Bortles with the 3rd overall pick in 2014. He really elevate his play in year two, throwing for 4428 yards with an amazing 35 touchdowns against 18 interceptions. His completion percentage needs to improve and 18 interceptions is high but it was a break out performance from the talented Bortles. He really came into his own in the 2nd half of the season as his numbers across the board climbed and he even showed a knack for running with the ball. He reminds me a ton of a young Ben Roethlisberger and the Jaguars passing attack is in great shape going forward.
Henne is a capable, veteran quarterback and at 30 years of age is capable of coming in and performing well. However this is Blake Bortles team so he should only see
playing time if injuries press him into action.
The Jaguars currently have a crowded running back situation with three solid options at the position. It appears that 2nd-year back T.J. Yeldon is the starter at this time and he had a decent rookie campaign. He ran for 740 yards on 182 carries, caught 36 passes but scored just 3 times. He is a big back that has some nimbleness in his game and it appears that his play can elevate from his rookie campaign.
The team also signed veteran running back Chris Ivory this offseason and he will slot in somewhere. Ivory had his finest pro season last year with the New York Jets, carrying the ball 247 times for 1070 yards and 8 total scores. Ivory has always been under-appreciated and under-used throughout his career until last year and he showed he can have an impact. I am surprised he went to the Jaguars with two young running backs capable of touches here but he adds a strong veteran presence for the Jaguars and is a dependable player used to sharing time. He has a career yards per carry of 4.6. That's impressive
Denard Robinson is a dynamic young player with great agility who was a collegiate quarterback for Michigan. He hurt his knee in week two last year and that seems to slow his progress last year. He was not a difference maker and perhaps the signing of Ivory shows the team has soured on him. His vision and instincts on his runs often seem lacking. He may very well become an afterthought in Jacksonville this year if he doens't have a tremendous camp.
Everyone knee that Allen Robinson had serious potential the but difference from season one to season two was amazing. He caught 80 passes for 1400 yards last year and scored 14 touchdowns. The big, athletic receiver dominated his opposition at times and he has quickly become one of the best receivers in the NFL today. He has the right chemistry with Blake Bortles to be a stud receiver for a long time to come. This reminds of of Montana-Rice and Marino-Clayton in how it has begun. He should post similar numbers in 2016 although 14 touchdowns may be a challenge.
Last season saw the fall of former 2nd round pick Marquise Lee and the meteoric rise of undrafted receiver Allen Hurns. Hurns has the type of speed and quickness that cannot be caught and he has an extra gear that defenders are struggling to keep up to. He already is one of the finest non-drafted receivers I have seen and he is still improving. He fits in nicely with Robinson and the duo appear poised to be the best 1-2 receiving combo in football.
Lee unfortunately became an afterthought last season after suffering a hamstring injury and his play really deteriorated. He is clearly the 3rd option in Jacksonville now but he is just 24-years old, has terrific speed and if he figures things out this may be the best young trio at receiver in NFL history. For now, Lee seems out of the picture but the talent and natural ability is still there and he may figure it all out at any time.
Rashad Greene had a strange year, catching 19 passes but only for 92 yards. He is another Jaguars receivers with speed and acceleration and explodes out of his cuts. He has a chance to elevate as well so Lee vs. Greene will be a training camp battle to watch.
Julius Thomas did not have the huge difference the Jaguars were hoping when they brought him in but did catch 46 passes for 455 yards and 5 scores in twelve games. He has prototypical tight end size and is a great compliment to the speedy receivers on the team. I expect him to catch 60 balls in 2016.
Former 1st round pick and eleven-year pro has never lived up to the lofty expectations of being a first round pick but he has carved out a nice, long NFL career. He had only one excellent season back in 2010 when he totalled 700 receiving yards and scored 10 times. Before and after that season his receiving numbers have been rather pedestrian. He offers good depth for the club.
Nic Jacobs has great size but has done nothing really at the pro level. He is likely just a journeyman depth guy at this level.
Projected Starters: LT Luke Joeckel, LG Mackenzie Bernadeau, C Brandon Linder, RG Jeff Linkenbach, RT Jermey Parnell
Key Backups: Kelvin Beachum, A.J. Cann, Luke Bowanko
The Jaguars improved on offense last year and the defensive upgrades look impressive this year. Everything appears to be in order for the Jaguars to ascend after a long, long time as a terrible football team. Everything that is but a poor offensive line group that does not appear to have much upside. Luke Joeckel is a decent tackle but certainly not in the top half at his position. Brandon Linder, a former 3rd round pick from Miami is beginning to show signs of being very good and he is becoming the leader of this group. Jermey Parnell had a pretty good season at right tackle and is locked in as a starter. It is anybody's guess who will earn the start at guard but the play there will be mediocre at best. I just don't see enough to get excited here.
He hit 26 of 30 field goals in his first season with the team.