The Jacksonville Jaguars had by far the youngest collection of players on offense in the entire NFL. Led by rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, the Jacksonville offense struggled to score points, and it’s not really surprising considering what they trotted on to the field. With rookies at receiver (Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns), guard (Brandon Linder), center (Luke Bowanko), and occasionally running back (Storm Johnson), Bortles didn’t have a lot of proven talent around him to work with. Even guys like Luke Joeckel and Denard Robinson played big roles in only their second season with limited playing time.
General manager David Caldwell made adding a veteran presence to the offense a priority this offseason, and he succeeded in bringing in a handful of high upside players. Chris Wesseling from NFL.com sees the Jaguars as one of the 5 most improved offenses after the free agency rush:
"5. Jacksonville JaguarsAdditions: Julius Thomas, Jermey Parnell and Bernard PierceThe Jaguars struck out on Randall Cobb, but still managed to coax one of the NFL’s most talented tight ends to North Florida. Adding Julius Thomas and right tackle Jermey Parnell should be a boon to quarterback Blake Bortles, who was sabotaged by a porous offensive line and a greenhorn receiving corps as a rookie.General manager Dave Caldwell isn’t finished tinkering with the offense. Look for the Jaguars to target a bruising running back by the mid rounds of the draft."
While snagging Julius Thomas is the biggest move so far this offseason, Jermey Parnell has a chance to be the most impactful player. The Jaguars were a disaster at right tackle last season, cycling through roster-churn guys like Cameron Bradfield and Sam Young, and Parnell played exceptionally when he saw the field in Dallas.
As Wesseling notes, I don’t think the Jaguars are done trying to upgrade on offense. While the Jaguars are likely going to look for a defensive lineman with the 3rd overall pick, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them target a running back in the 2nd round and beyond.
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