Jacksonville Jaguars offense thriving through youth


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The Jacksonville Jaguars have been an abject disaster on offense since 2011 (thanks a lot

Blaine Gabbert

), but lost in the midst of the sea of depression after their terrible loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a glimmer of hope. For the first time in well over a decade, the Jaguars

might have a franchise quarterback and some foundation pieces around him


Football Perspective posted an article on Monday to pump some sunshine in the direction of Jaguars fans pointing out just how promising the Jaguars’ young pieces on offense are.

"Bortles doesn’t turn 24 years old until December 16th. Hurns won’t be 24 until November. And Robinson just turned 22 in August. That gives the Jaguars a pretty incredible trio of young, productive players. How incredible? I ran a search for all teams with a quarterback who threw for at least 3,000 yards and two players who gained at least 800 yards receiving. Do you know many teams had three of those players where all three were under 25?Just one."

The article is full of uplifting and encouraging commentary and statistics, specifically relating to Bortles and the monumental improvement he’s shown from year 1 to year 2.

Even looking at it from a game-by-game basis in 2015, Bortles has improved noticeably. Outside of one inexcusable throw on his lone interception, Bortles was decisive, displayed good mechanics, and delivered the ball with timing and precision in Sunday’s loss. His execution in the redzone was terrific and he was the entire offense for stretches in the game.

The Jaguars finally looked competent on offense and the scary part is the Jaguars left a couple of big opportunities on the field. Bortles missed an open Robinson and Julius Thomas in the endzone on separate occasions and the deep throws to ARob down the sideline appear to be millimeters away from being completed for massive gains.

Even with the struggles of the offensive line and the inconsistent production in the running game, Bortles is thriving and appears to be getting better every game. His development is by far the most important aspect of the 2015 season and the arrow is pointing up in that regard.

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