How much better will the Jaguars be in 2019?
By David Levin
Should we expect the same kind of record improvement this season from the Jaguars as in 2017?
NFL Network Daniel Jeremiah delighted Jacksonville Jaguars fans on Thursday when he announced via Twitter that the Jacksonville Jaguars would be the second most improved team in the NFL this coming season.
Jeremiah stated only the San Francisco 49ers would have a bigger increase in wins from last season than the team that plays with the pigskin in North Florida. Personally, I am both excited and skeptical about the prediction. Jeremiah did not offer a guess on how many wins the team would have.
The Jaguars still have a lot of work to do before the start of the regular season and this begins once again with the start of training camp this Thursday at the practice fields next to TIAA Bank Field. Can the Jaguars, a 5-11 team from last season, flip the script once again after going 3-13 in 2016 and then winning 10 regular-season games in 2017 to everyone’s surprise outside the stadium building.
The seven-game swing is considered one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history, according to Steven Taranto of 247 Sports.
As we discussed earlier this morning, Conor Orr of Sports Illustrated has this team winning nine games this season and narrowly missing the playoffs, with Houston edging out its AFC South rival.
At least it’s not the Tennessee Titans.
At the end of mandatory minicamp, team head coach Doug Marrone addressed the media to talk about how he was pleased with how the players had performed over a four-week period. Aside from Marqise Lee and Cam Robinson, everyone is expected to be ready for training camp this week.
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"“We have this little break. We are looking forward to everyone coming back ready to go in shape, so we can start practicing right away. Pretty much everyone will be available for camp,” Marrone said."
Jacksonville will take another step forward if there is a balance between the offense and defense – something that was lacking less than 12 months ago. Adding key free agents and draft picks should provide a greater opportunity for improvement.
Right below Jacksonville on Jeremiah’s list were the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. Orr wrote that he believed the Jaguars would finish tied with the Houston Texans at 9-7 while the Indianapolis Colts would win the AFC South at 12-4. The Tennessee Titans would end the 2019 season at 6-10.