Jacksonville Jaguars have 13th best offensive weapons according to Bill Barnwell


While there are plenty of questions surrounding their quarterback, the Jacksonville Jaguars will carry an impressive set of offensive weapons in 2017.

After a breakout year in 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars offense looked primed to become one of the best in the NFL. Quarterback Blake Bortles set franchise records for passing yards and touchdown passes thanks to the emergence of the weapons around him and his own purported improvement.

We all know how 2016 went for the Jaguars, but it’s still hard to try and argue they aren’t a talented offensive team.

Heading into 2017, it’s possible the Jaguars have the most impressive collection of offensive skill players since the early 2000s when they trotted out the likes of Fred Taylor, Jimmy Smith, and Keenan McCardell.

Bill Barnwell over at ESPN put out his annual article ranking the offensive weapons on each team (with a sincere attempt to not consider the influence of the quarterback).

He had the Jacksonville Jaguars fairly high in Tier VI for “The haltingly optimistic”:

"13. Jacksonville JaguarsThe Jags have their fourth new starting running back in as many years, but fourth overall pick Leonard Fournette should stick. He could close out games for a Jaguars team that has blown seven games in which they led entering the fourth quarter over the past three seasons, a figure topped only by the Chargers (10). While both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns had disappointing 2016 seasons, the Jags got a surprisingly effective campaign from Marqise Lee, giving them a trio of young wideouts for other teams to worry about. So much still depends on Blake Bortles, but the weapons aren’t the problem in Jacksonville."

Barnwell has never had even a toe on the Blake Bortles train, so it makes sense that he’s somewhat high on the weapons the Jaguars have on offense.

In regards to pass catchers, the Jaguars have arguably the deepest set of receivers in the league. Hurns, Robinson, and Lee would be welcome additions to any team in the NFL, and rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook is waiting in the wings to try and contribute as well.

While Bortles is obviously the most important player, Leonard Fournette is going to decide whether or not this set of weapons jumps way up on this list. The Jaguars have been a horrific running team over the last few years and Fournette in theory should be one of the best running backs in the league right away.

If he can do that, the Jaguars might have one of the best set of weapons in the league.