The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a pretty dismal season. The Jaguars started the 2018 season at 3-1. They were hopeful for a return to the playoffs and possibly a chance at reaching the super bowl, but massive injuries to multiple positions and a lack of production by ex starting QB Blake Bortles lead from highs to many lows. Although the Jaguars had such a brutal season, the moves they’ve made during the off season should give Jacksonville fans hope for the upcoming season.
I wanted to post my thoughts on the Jaguars off season moves and what I expect to see this fall from Duval’s finest, yet events in life got in the way. Plus I didn’t want to post a bunch of blogs on different roster moves or opinions I can easily add together in a single post, so here you go friends!
Although this wasn’t a thrilling off season, the Jaguars made many moves the fanbase should be excited about. They dropped some dead cap and added players aka free agents who should be pretty nice replacements and improvements on the roster. Nick Foles is absolutely a steal at QB. Forget about how much money Nicky Swag will be making. I dislike how certain people complain about how much money someone has. Keep your hands out of other pockets. Plus A majority of professional athlete’s are over paid anyways, so the deal Foles signed isn’t too shabby. I watched some clips of him throwing spirals earlier today. It’s been YEARS since the Jags have had a solid QB who knows how to throw the football. Hip, hip, hooray! Jacksonville also signed some vets like WR Chris Conley and TE Geoff Swaim. Chris Conley should be a nice weapon for Nick Foles and I think Geoff Swaim will be a solid blocking TE for the running game. The biggest additions were through the draft.
Jacksonville had one of the best drafts. They got lucky in the first round when Kentucky DB Josh Allen slipped past the top five and right into their lap at the seventh pick. Although Josh Allen will have limited playing time in his rookie season, he will surely be a dominate player for years to come. Just thinking about him playing on the Jags defense aka Sacksonville gets me gushing with joy. To add icing on the cake, Florida RT Jawaan Taylor slipped into the 2nd round. The Jaguars were able to move up a few spots through a simple trade and were able to land Taylor. Taylor is the perfect fit to Jacksonville’s offensive line. With their remaining draft picks the Jags found players of value and need, so overall I’d give this draft an A.
The off season is pretty much at a stand still. There are some notable players still available through free agency or even a trade, yet Jacksonville will most likely stick with what they got unless one of these targets is in reach. Overall I like what the Jaguars did. They found players to replace certain positions and found a few value pieces along the way. Drafting Josh Allen and Jawaan Taylor was good enough. Although I’m excited to see Nick Foles and the offense, the Jaguars are still a run heavy team. From the draft and free agent pick ups the Jaguars seem to have improved at QB plus help the offense get back to running the football. The Jags O-Line got a ton of flack from the media and fans, yet I don’t believe the offensive line is that bad. They faced many injuries and had a lackluster QB. Imagine how well they’ll preform with Nick Foles starting and a healthy and fresh O-Line. The injuries also played a huge toil on the running game. Because of Bortles poor play, the running game was left out to dry. Leonard Fournette got injured and rushed back too early, so as long as this offensive line stays healthy, the Jags offense should improve greatly.
The offense was terrible, but the defense remained strong for a majority of the season. Although Telvin Smith won’t be playing in 2019, I think the Jaguars still have one of the best defense’s in the country. If the offense gets things going and puts points on the board early, the Jags defense will be able to shut down opposing offense’s and dominate like they did in 2017. A lot of this season rides on the health of the team. If the Jags stay healthy, they’ll be good. if they have another season playing guys from the practice squad, things won’t get better. Jacksonville also has a tough schedule. I have no clue why the NFL gave the 4th best team in the AFC South such a competitive schedule, but the Jags will show how good they’re if they want to get back to ten wins and a playoff appearance.
I don’t like giving predictions, because they’re merely abstract assumptions, but I’d say the Jags win at least 9 games in 2019. I think fellow Jaguar fans should be cautious when talking about the playoffs and especially the super bowl. This season I want to see positive production from Nick Foles and the offense and if the defense will be boom or bust before mentioning the term playoffs. Still I’m excited about this team. The roster is good as ever. We won’t know how good each team is until they play, so for now I’ll say Jacksonville goes 9-7 and clinches a wild card spot. And we all know what type of magic Nick Foles will bring to the box office, if he’s given another chance to make things happen during the post season. Eagle fans knows what I’m talking about.
Who is your favorite NFL team? What are your expectations for their season ahead? Good, bad, or ugly? Let me know in the comment section below. And go Jaguars!#Duval