Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview

Tom Coughlin is back in the 904 as the Vice President of the Jacksonville Jaguars. That was just one of the changes the Jaguars made this offseason. With the Jaguars firing head coach Gus Bradley last season, they stuck with offensive line coach as their new head, Coach Doug Marrone. Marrone was the head coach of the Bills where he took them to a 9-7 record before coming to Jacksonville. Both the offensive and defensive side also got a face lift this offseason as well.

Offense

On the offensive side of the ball the Jaguars drafted running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth pick in the NFL draft out of LSU. The Jaguars hope this pick will help Blake Bortles, who has never had a 1,000 yard rusher on his team. The offensive line has improved on the left side with the trade to get pro bowl caliber left tackle Brandon Albert. They drafted another left tackle in the second round of the draft in Cam Robinson. Robinson and Albert will battle it out and I believe the loser of the battle will play left guard or right tackle. The weakness on the offense is at tight end. The Jaguars traded Julius Thomas to the Dolphins, who they signed to a big contract a few years back. At the end of the day it all comes down to #5 quarterback Blake Bortles, who is coming back from a down year in Jacksonville.

Defense

On the Defensive side the Jaguars spend a good amount on free agency to help build their team. They signed veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell from the Cardinals. Campbell will be playing alongside former third overall pick Donte Fowler Jr., super bowl champion Malik Jackson and last year’s rookie pass rusher, who had 8.5 sacks Yannick Ngakoue.   They also signed free agent defensive back A.J. Bouye to play alongside Jalen Ramsey. This pair will be a great young force for years to come. The last addition and possibly the most underrated move was the signing of strong safety Barry Church from the Cowboys. The reason why this addition is key is because Church was a captain of Dallas defense and his leadership will help a young secondary.


Ryan Hennessy

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