Where are the Jacksonville Jaguars ranked by FanSided after the team completed minicamp and is headed toward training camp in July?
According to Gurzi, the Jaguars sit firmly in the No. 20 slot in his recent story. The change the team made at quarterback helps this franchise, however, the offense still has questions and there is a belief the defense will be the major focal point once again this season.
"“Jacksonville hopes to have fixed their biggest issue this year as they went out and signed Nick Foles to a big contract in the offseason, and released Blake Bortles as well,” Gurzi writes. “While Foles is an upgrade, the offense didn’t do much else.”"
The Jaguars spent the offseason adding offensive line depth in free agency and wide receivers Chris Conley and Terrelle Pryor. Geoff Swaim, who is primarily a blocking tight end came over from Dallas and the team re-signed James O’Shaughnessy.
In the NFL Draft, Jacksonville got a steal when they saw pass rusher Josh Allen fall in its lap and then added right tackle Jawaan Taylor in the second round and pass-catching tight end Josh Oliver in Round 3.
All of these additions are cosmetic right now. Making the offense a threat has been the focus of OTAs and minicamp so far. In 2017, the Jaguars averaged 26.1 points a game. That was good for sixth in the NFL. In 2018, the offense could not stay on the field, injuries decimated the offensive line and quarterback plan was more of a joke than a strength.
The Jaguars averaged just 15.3 points a contest last season.
The front office hired John DeFilippo to help bring change to an organization in need of adrenaline. As the team wrapped up minicamp, head coach Doug Marrone said the team needs to come back from the time off heading into training camp focused on making more progress.
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"“We have this little break,” Marrone said. “We’re looking forward to everyone coming back ready to go, in shape and practicing right away.”"
The addition of Foles has looked like the right move so far, however, it is still early in the process. The chemistry with his wide receivers and how the Jaguars have looked during practice is more upbeat than last season – there is more chemistry, so it would seem.
If that continues, then Gurzi may have to rank these Jaguars a bit higher once the preseason starts. If anything, these Jaguars may take on the same persona of the 2017 season. No one expected them to make the playoffs it this time two seasons ago. That led to a spot in the AFC Title game.
No one knows how this season will fall into place. But for now, experts aren’t expecting much until the offense proves it can be effective on Sundays.