Which player has been the biggest surprise as the Jaguars prepare for their final preseason game of 2020?
It’s a little too easy to say the Jaguars biggest surprise of the offseason has been the addition of Nick Foles. The quarterback has jumped onto the scene and breathed life into a stagnant passing game. We here at Black and Teal want to take it a step further.
As the preseason concludes this Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons and players who are fighting for a roster spot make their final case to remain on the team, it’s time to step back and reflect on training camp and the preseason. We look at who surprised us more than anyone.
If the Jaguars are going to make that leap from worst to first once again, which they did two seasons ago, it will be because of the rededication to playing winning football. Each member of our staff shared their thoughts on who stood out in their eyes with more than a week until the start of the 2019 NFL regular season.
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Jess Overby – The biggest surprise of the pre-season, by far, has been the play of right guard Will Richardson. The Jaguars anticipated Richardson filling the backup role at right guard, but he has excelled in practice and his gameplay has him pushing for the starting job over A.J. Cann.
It’s still a coin flip, but don’t be surprised if the coin lands ‘heads up’ for Richardson.
Mufaso Sends – The biggest surprise of training camp so far seems to be the lack of fear about the tight end position. A position that is a trusted mainstay in any Foles-led offense moves forward with more questions and concerns than stability. Do we have a good rookie, or does a veteran emerge?
Jennifer Shatzer – I should not be surprised after watching him in the Citrus Bowl playing for the University of Kentucky, but Josh Allen was a surprise to me from the Draft, throughout training camp and into the preseason.
His passion on the field and his impact in Miami, I knew he was good, I just didn’t realize the depth of the first-round rookie. I am probably more excited about him more than any other player going into this regular season.
Lorenzino Estrada – Jaguars fans and draft experts were shocked when the team took linebacker Quincy Williams in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. But thus far, Williams has impressed the coaching staff and fans with his performance on the practice field.
Despite going down with an injury, Williams looks to be an immediate starter for the Jaguars in the wake of Telvin Smith’s surprise exit. Fast and strong, Williams will slide right into a loaded Jaguars defense.
Anthony Robertson – My biggest surprise so far between the preseason and training camp has been how quickly it seems Nick Foles has built a chemistry with his wide receivers.
David Levin – I think the biggest thing that stands out to me is the team still has questions about depth at quarterback, tight end, linebacker, and safety. You probably can throw the offensive line in their as well.
I am worried the backups on this team is a step below the starters and if called upon to fill injury concerns, this could be another long season in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are sunk if Foles goes down with an injury for any length of time.
Kathy Clark – The biggest surprise of the preseason so far is the lackluster performance of the team. The Jaguars offense has scored 17 points in the first three preseason games. This is the lowest total in the NFL.
On defense, the Jaguars allowed 75 points. This total puts us in the bottom quarter in points allowed. I have had very high hopes for the Jaguars this season but these stats don’t lie. Now I am hoping Coach Doug Marrone has a secret plan to instantly score points and stop opponents because it’s the regular season.
Can he push the Magic button? Stay tuned.