In his latest story on ESPN.com, analyst Bill Barnwell ranks the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive weapons last in the NFL this coming season.
Which team has the worst offensive arsenal in the NFL? If you read what ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has to say, it’s the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s hard to look at this roster and think it can be a top 10 unit at this moment after last year’s lack of productivity – 15.3 points per contest – but as someone who has already seen the changes this team is implementing, a 32nd ranking is a little harsh.
There is a caveat to the story he has posted, which explains how he ranked teams for this coming season.
"“These rankings are attempting to consider a team’s skill-position talent without including the impact of the quarterback, offensive line or scheme,” he explains.“This is extremely important. If you’re getting angry because these rankings don’t include the impact of Tyron Smith, Tom Brady, or Matt Nagy, you’re wasting your time. This isn’t a list of offenses.”"
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If anything, the analyst gives this team a bit of bulletin board material before training camp begins to build on.
The Jaguars were 31st in scoring offense, 19th in rushing and 26th in passing. It could have been worse given the weak offensive line that suffered multiple injuries – too many to count – and gave up 53 sacks last season.
Even with changes made this offseason in free agency and the NFL Draft, Barnwell still doesn’t have much hope for the players and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
"“Nick Foles might have won a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, but he’ll have way less help on his new team. The Jags’ most prominent weapon is running back Leonard Fournette, who hasn’t been healthy or productive across his first two pro seasons,” Barnwell writes. “Just 35.9% of his carries have improved Jacksonville’s chances of scoring by ESPN’s Expected Points model, which ranks 34th among 46 backs with 200 carries or more over the last two years. This is a make-or-break year for the former No. 4 overall pick.”"
If Fournette stays healthy, and out of the front office dog house and the receivers on the roster, who are nondescript at the moment, can become a vital part of the passing game, the Jaguars should see a much-improved offense and could challenge the numbers they established in 2017 when they were top 10 in scoring.
"“The Jaguars are young at receiver, and there’s still reason to hope that the likes of Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole and DJ Chark will get better with improved quarterback play, but the No. 1 option here — nominally Westbrook, Chiefs import Chris Conley or the returning Marqise Lee, who missed all of 2018 after an ACL tear — might be as low as fifth on some other depth charts around the league. There’s also little at tight end, where Geoff Swaim and rookie third-rounder Josh Oliver will compete. Foles will miss Zach Ertz & Co.,” Barnwell wrote."