Three Jaguars who could have a big season in 2019
By David Levin
As the Jaguars continue work at mandatory minicamp, the offense continues to come together for the coaching staff and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
The offense is coming together. As the Jacksonville Jaguars continue to work on game planning and finding the right fit on this side of the ball, there is a different look and feel to what the coaching staff is doing this season.
A lot has to do with changes made in personnel and the blueprint offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has drawn up. It also has to do with a sense 2018 wasn’t what this team was about or how it can perform on the field. DeFilippo has been charged with changing the direction of this football organization.
If the passing game is a good as it looks like it can be, and the running game finds more success as it did in 2017, these three players could have big seasons in 2019.
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DJ Chark – DJ Chark looks like one of the most improved players on the Jaguars roster so far during camp. Although it is so early in the process, you can see the second-year player looks more fluid on the field.
Last year, the former LSU star caught 14 passes during his rookie campaign. He missed five games with a quad injury. He was most known for his special teams play rather than snaring passes in the Jaguars offense.
That all could change this year. There is a log jam of pass catchers on this roster, but the 6-foot-4, 199-pound burner could be a surprise.
If he continues to show improvement in his route running and learns to be a red zone threat because of his height, Chark may become a “go to” receiver on third down.
Nick Foles – Is there any reason to believe Nick Foles won’t have a huge impact on the Jaguars office this year? Taking that a step further, is there any reason to believe he won’t put up huge numbers in DeFilippo’s offense?
Foles was brought in to revitalize what was a passing game on life-support. He has looked accurate in practice. He has shown that he is forming chemistry with his wide receivers and most of all, the football he throws is a nice clean spiral.
If the running game is as potent as it can be, there is no reason to think defenses will have issues picking their poison when it comes to coverage. Because DeFilippo has stated the coaching staff wants to make Leonard Fournette the focus of this offense, Foles could have a Pro Bowl season as teams focus on the run game and get burned.
Andrew Norwell – It’s hard to put in offensive linemen on this list, but given the huge contract that Jaguars gave Andrew Norwell last off-season, it’s necessary that he produces this season.
For the running game to be effective this year, Norwell must be part of a cohesive unit to place better. Injuries have a lot to do with what happened last year, but even before he was hurt, the former All-Pro guard that signed a free-agent deal from Carolina was playing at a mediocre level at best.
The Jaguars need all five of their starters to play better as a unit. They also need Norwell and left tackle Cam Robinson to remain healthy. Based on last season’s play, Norwell could have a huge impact on the offense this season.