Where does the Jaguars offense rank according to FanSided?
By David Levin
In his most recent piece for FanSided, analyst Russell Baxter ranks the Jaguars offense 24th in the NFL. Read what he has to say.
It’s just the first week of NFL training camp and already teams are jockeying for position in the most recent FanSided power rankings. The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping Lady Luck will be on their side this season after a 2018 campaign we all would love to stop talking about.
Of course, because this is the start of camp and there are battles to be won, roster spots to fill and comparisons of how things are going to be as opposed to how they were, we cannot wipe the slate clean just yet.
For now, this is a 5-11 ball club until proven otherwise. The Jaguars have a lot to prove, especially to Russell Baxter as he ranked the team here in Jacksonville 24th in the NFL. Of course, a lot will change over the next few weeks in camp and the beginning of the regular season.
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"“Despite the arrival of [Nick] Foles, it’s the Jacksonville running game that must re-establish itself after a disappointing showing a year ago. [Leonard] Fournette’s talent is unquestioned but he has to stay on the field,” Baxter writes. “T.J. Yeldon is now a member of the Bills so the club is counting on newcomers Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, and Thomas Rawls to provide depth. Getting talented wide receiver Marqise Lee back this season would be a big help as well.”"
Russell is correct in that the Jaguars running game needs a shot of adrenaline, one of which they hope the former LSU star and first-round draft pick gives them. So far in camp, Fournette has looked crisp and fresh and in shape. An injury to the Jaguars star player could mean another season of throwing the football to stay alive in games that matter.
Baxter does hit on the question everyone here in DUUUVAL wants to know when it comes to the team’s newest signal-caller. What kind of impact does Foles have on this team and the offense that is being constructed to play to the strengths of Fournette and the passing game?
"“Can Nick Foles be the team’s answer behind center,” Baxter asks.“He will be paired with a familiar face in new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach in 2017 when the team and Foles won Super Bowl LII. Former Chiefs’ wide receiver Chris Conley could be a big help, as could tight end Geoff Swaim (Cowboys). And the Jaguars added coveted tackle Jawaan Taylor (Florida) in the second round in April.”"
Taylor is being counted on to solidify the right side of the line, but he is competing for the job. As one former Jaguars player told me this past week, it is still early in Taylor’s education in the NFL. Also, can Conley become another deep threat with Dede Westbrook in the passing game?
If the Jaguars are committed to making the tight end a more prominent part of the offense then Swaim and third-round pick Josh Oliver figure to get more passes thrown their way in 2019.