The Jacksonville Jaguars have just wrapped up their rookie minicamp and now we enter a period of rampant speculation. It’s a long time until football starts, but until it does we’ve got a lot to project for the 2015 NFL season.
It may be a bit early, but we’ll be projecting the 2015 Jacksonville Jaguars starters here early before training camp so we can get a feel for how the team will look come week one. After a productive free agency period and 2015 NFL Draft, the Jaguars will have some changes to their starting lineup.
We’ll take it by position here.
Nov 30, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws the ball during the second quarter against the New York Giants at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Starter: Blake Bortles, 2014 First Round Pick
The Jacksonville Jaguars are Blake Bortles’ team come hell or high water. He showed some serious promise during his rookie campaign (which he was supposed to be on the bench for) and should come out swinging in his sophomore effort. The Jags expect the third overall pick of 2014 to be the franchise quarterback for the next 10 years and, barring injury, he should fulfill that expectation.
That potential we saw from Bortles last season will be built upon with a strong offseason of work. Bortles has been learning from throwing gurus, working on his strength so his arm doesn’t deteriorate again, and he’s been reaching out to his teammates and acting like the leader he is expected to be. He’s doing everything right so we should see growth from him in year two. He was the worst quarterback in the league statistically last season so the only way he has to go is up.
Addressing the depth behind him, Chad Henne returns as the backup. He surrendered the starter role to Bortles last season after failing to spark the offense in his first couple of outings. We often overlook how professional Henne has been about the entire situation and it is important to note that he is willingly filling the mentor role for Bortles. While Henne hasn’t been the best quarterback in the history of quarterbacking, he does have a lot of starting experience and can help Bortles as he takes his lumps during his first couple of seasons.
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