Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jacksonville Jaguars - 2017 NFL Season Preview

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS                                      

2016 Record - 3-13-0

Head Coach - Doug Marrone

Offensive Rank - 23rd  (335 yards per game, 19.9 points per game)

Defensive Rank - 6th  (322 yards allowed per game, 25 points allowed per game)

Heading into the 2017 season, the Jaguars are looking to rebound after a disastrous season. Quarterback Blake Bortles is the key player after an up and down season when he threw for 3,905 yards with 23 TD and 16 interceptions. Chad Henne is the backup.
Chris Ivory (439 yards) and T.J. Yeldon (465 yards) shared the running back duties, but they will be challenged by top draft pick Leonard Fournette (LSU) for the starting role. The wide receivers include Allen Hurns (35 catches, 477 yards, three TD), Allen Robinson (73, 883, six TD) and rookie Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma) and they will look to be the main trio for the Jags this year.
The defense ranked sixth a year ago and features a good pass rushing tandem of  Yannick Ngakoue (eight QB sacks), Calais Campbell (eight sacks with Arizona Cardinals in 2016) and Malik Jackson, who registered 6 1/2  sacks.
The linebackers are solid, led by 11-year veteran Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith. The secondary is led by second year corner man Jalen Ramsey.

OUTLOOK FOR 2017 - The Jaguars were reeling after a 3-13 finish a year ago when many expected them to take a step up and contend in the AFC South division.
They will be relying on Bortles and company to get the offense rolling. Rookie running back Leonard Fournette is expected to get a significant amount of touches this season and improve an anemic running game.
As long as the defense doesn't stumble backwards and the offense (especially the running game) does better, the Jags could improve significantly from last year. Whether or not that means a chance at the post-season for the first time in ten years is another matter.  A 6-10 season would be an improvement from last season as the team builds for future success.

Week One - at Houston
Week Two - vs. Tennessee
Week Three - vs. Baltimore (London, England)
Week Four - at NY Jets
Week Five - at Pittsburgh
Week Six - vs. LA Rams
Week Seven - at Indianapolis
Week Eight - BYE
Week Nine - vs. Cincinnati
Week Ten - vs. LA Chargers
Week Eleven - at Cleveland
Week Twelve - at Arizona
Week Thirteen - vs. Indianapolis
Week Fourteen - vs. Seattle
Week Fifteen - vs. Houston
Week Sixteen - at San Francisco
Week Seventeen - at Tennessee 

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