Can the recent influx of talent jumpstart the Jacksonville Jaguars to more wins?
In recent memory the Jaguars have had a less than talented roster. Competing in games seemed like something to get excited about. However this offseason the Jacksonville Jaguars have been busy bringing in experienced playmakers to change that culture and upgrade the talent on the field. Clearly it’s not about competing anymore.
In my opinion there are a few specific reasons why this years Jags team will begin to turn it around. The Jaguars have acquired talented players in the draft and spent heavily in free agency. Now it’s a matter of converting that talent into winning games.
First off one of the reasons why the Jags can turn the corner this year is the NFL Draft. The Jags have invested heavily in the draft recently. While the 2013 draft class failed expectations the 2014 has the potential to lead the team. Telvin Smith, Blake Bortles, and Allen Robinson aren’t young players anymore. Entering their fourth year in the league these players will be largely responsible for the success of the team. Add in A.J. Cann, Dante Fowler Jr, Yannick Ngakoue, Jalen Ramsey, and the addition of this years draft this April the Jags will have a stockpile of talented youth.
Another reason why the Jags can turn this talent into wins is the presence of veterans players. It will be up Paul Posluszny, Tashaun Gipson, Malik Jackson, and Branden Albert to help be mentors to the youth on their units this season. These veterans will help influence the young talent to become more knowledgeable and impactful. The veteran experience on this roster will help guide the team in 2017.
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One of the last reasons the Jags will begin to win this season is coaching. From head coach to special teams to wide receiver the Jags coaching will look very different this season. Doug Marrone has a limited sample he seems like the man to be in charge next season. Jaguars great Keenan McCardell will take the reigns as wife receivers coach and Joe DeCamillis will oversee special teams. The experience brought by these coaches will help to bring out the best in each player.
The Jaguars have spent the money in free agency’s, drafted core players, and hired experienced coaches that will help turn the talent on this roster into wins. It is still a long offseason but the Jags are finally showing a commitment to winning.