The Jacksonville Jaguars off-season has been a story we all know very well. The very last part of the destruction started this off-season. Jacksonville started the off-season with trading Calias Campbell, Nick Foles, and AJ bouye away. Not to mention, letting Marcell Dareus go in Free Agency but signing their biggest free agent in middle linebacker Joe Schobert. topping off the offseason, with a trade of disgruntled Yannick Ngakoue, the release of former first-round pick Leonard Fournette, and trade of safety Ronnie Harrison. It’s a rebuild no matter what anyone says its a rebuild. Now let’s get to the review
Joe Schobert at middle linebacker will be a factor because he’s quarterback of the defense. He’s a solid tackler and balance linebacker overall but is very good against the run. In 2017, As the Middle Linebacker for the Cleveland Browns he was apart of a unit that was 3rd in the NFL against stopping the run. something the Jacksonville jaguars really need to improve upon. Also, this allows Myles Jack to go back to his natural position of outside linebacker. Newly captain Pro-bowler DE/LB Josh Allen and 1st round pick K’Lavon Chaisson will help in the terms of pass rush. not to mention the gradual improvement of Leon Jacobs.
This Offensive line will be together for another season that helps with chemistry. Offensive line unit is young but has tremendous potential. but Their growth will come in cutting down on the useless penalties. For example, second year player Right tackle Jawann Taylor was the most penalize lineman in the NFL last season.
The unexpected release of Leonard Fournette left the team with a question mark of who will be the starter. The coaches have been impressed with undrafted rookie James Robinson. According to GM Dave Caldwell, Robinson played a big part in Leonard Fournette’s release. We will have a wait and see approach with the running backs as jay Gruden has no problem having a running back by committee.
We have had really bad luck in this position. We have yet to find the tight end that will stretch the field and help the offense. Josh Oliver has that potential but he hasn’t been healthy for it to be displayed as he will miss another season with an injury. James O’shaunsey will be the starter whose career stats are 60 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns in five seasons. Tyler Elfert familiarly could help this position with his knowledge of Jay Gruden’s offense.
We will see very quickly who is going to be around and who we will need to replace by season end. According to Phillyvoice, the jaguars will have the youngest roster in the NFL averaging age of a little under 25 years old. This roster has some talent and potential but they are also inexperienced. Due to COVID and the lack of preseason, the team will start a little sloppy but should get better as the season moves on.
Minshew will have his work cut out offensively but his skillset matches the Jay Gruden’s west-coast offense perfectly. Minshew will probably be a fantasy football favorite because they are going to be behind a lot especially in the second half of the schedule as they play teams like Baltimore Ravens. Season Prediction: 6-10
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