In a year where many picked the Jags to take a step forward, they took two steps back. In 2017 Blake Bortles looks to rebound and prove he can be Jacksonville’s franchise quarterback.
Last season: 3-13
Subtractions: Head Coach Gus Bradley, RB Denard Robinson, TE Julius Thomas, OT Kevin Beachem, G Luke Joeckel, DT Jared Odrick, CB Prince Amukamara
Additions: CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, S Barry Church, TE Mychal Rivera, Head Coach Doug Marrone
Notable Rookies: RB Leonard Fournette, OL Cam Robinson, WR Dede Westbrook, DE Dawuane Smoot, LB Blair Brown
Last year was supposed to be Blake Bortles’ coming out party when he would cement himself as an above average quarterback on a below average team, the poor man’s Derek Carr. Instead, Bortles’ turnover numbers increased and it set the entire team back. In an effort to take pressure off of their erratic quarterback the Jags drafted jackhammer running back Leonard Fournette in the hopes his college production will translate to the pros. If Fournette is successful that means fewer passing attempts and hopefully fewer turnovers. Rookies Robinson and Westbrook help the team’s offensive outlook, at the very least raise the level of competition in practice. On paper, their defense looks good, but that’s been the case in the past and it hasn’t served the Jaguars well. They spent some late-round draft picks on the defense and has set the bar low last year it’s likely they’ll improve in that phase of the game. If Bortles can limit his turnovers there’s plenty of talent on this team to compete in this division, but if his play doesn’t improve it’ll be another year in the bottom third of the league and possibly Bortles’ last year in Jacksonville.