If the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to show progress in 2020, these four players will have to prove they are ready to ready to help the team’s cause.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have some work to do.
It already started the final second ticked off the clock on Dec. 29 following a 38-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. While all of the attention these past two weeks have been shifted toward the team’s coaching staff and who will replace offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and if other coaches will be given their walking papers, the roster – whoever remains – has some work to do this offseason.
And there are players who know the upcoming season is one where they must produce on the field to remain a member of this organization.
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The Jaguars have a 1,000-yard running back in Leonard Fournette and a 1,000-yard pass catcher in DJ Chark and there are still plenty of needs on offense. Better blocking up front. More consistency from the quarterback. More receptions from the tight end.
On the defensive side of the ball, it is a lot of the same thing. A double-digit sack artist in Josh Allen. A solid pass rush. A decent middle linebacker who played out of position last season. Two good defensive backs. But there was no run defense to speak of.
There are building blocks to work with for head coach Doug Marrone and his staff, but players will need to work harder and more aggressively to prove they can win more than six games in 2020. in reality, it’s not that much to ask of the 53 men wearing black and teal.
Here are four players who face a make-or-break season for the Jaguars.