Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 surprising Pro Bowlers in 2020
Which Jacksonville Jaguars could shock everyone with a solid season that leads to a Pro Bowl berth in Las Vegas?
A strong case can be made that if Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew exceeds expectations this season, wins more than six games and his supporting cast helps him take this franchise farther than expected in 2020, there should be a Pro Bowl invitation awaiting him following this season.
A lot has to happen for the second-year star to play in Las Vegas after the season. But don’t think for a minute it isn’t a possibility.
It’s also a possibility that DJ Chark will make his second-straight appearance in the All-Star game. Players have a way of getting there on name recognition over merit. I’m not saying Chark won’t exceed the 73 catches and 1,008 yards from last season. I see 85 catches and 1,200 yards in his future.
By the way, that’s about all the fantasy football predicting I do. I wouldn’t use any of this information for monetary gain.
This is a season where the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be really bad – like the bottom of the barrel, looking at the first pick in the NFL Draft in 2021, or that will surprise many by finishing with a modicum of mediocrity. I don’t think there will be much middle ground.
Again, don’t use this to line your pockets with cash.
If Minshew and Chark are in Las Vegas, who might join them? There are players who have already been considered through various websites. Myles Jack, Joe Schobert, Josh Allen, and possibly Yannick Ngakoue. Offensively, there is Leonard Fournette, Tyler Eifert, and Brandon Linder.
It may surprise many to know there are other Jacksonville Jaguars who could make the Pro Bowl this season if they have their best season in a black and teal uniform this season.
I expect Jawaan Taylor to make a huge jump this season as he starts his second year in the NFL.
The second-round draft pick played every down on the right side at tackle. He did everything that was asked of him and more. It could be argued he was the Jacksonville Jaguars best offensive lineman last season.
Taylor will work alongside A.J. Cann the entire season, which should make the right side even stronger. While Taylor performed well for the coaching staff, the Jaguars ran the ball off the left side fo the line more than the right in 2019.
Does that change with Taylor leading the way? It’s possible in 2020.
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Jacksonville Jaguars fans have been waiting for the real Andrew Norwell to show up in town.
After signing a free-agent deal in 2018, he has not lived up to expectations from when he played in Carolina. He was better last season, but there is still plenty to improve on with his brand of play.
The front office renegotiated his contract this offseason. I believe he is still on the hot seat, whether he comes back next season or not. A better start to 2020 and a Pro Bowl berth means the protection for Minshew is much better this season.
It also means the running game is better with Fournette getting into the end zone more often.
Don’t laugh at this selection. Taven Bryan, according to the team’s coaching staff is getting better. And in year three of his pro career, he is at a crossroads. The former first-round pick must take a giant leap this coming season.
Luckily, the defense, as a whole, must do the same thing. Bryan could win a starting role in camp and use that as a springboard to his best season as a Jaguars player.
Bryan is a big, strong defender who at times looks out of place. He does apply pressure to the quarterback up the middle. If he can work on run defense and add a few more sacks, he could have his best season yet.
Of the players on this list, Ronnie Harrison might be the easiest one to pencil in as a player in Las Vegas.
The safety is a hard-hitter and is developing into a solid player in the secondary. Now, he must also learn to be a leader in the revamped secondary. He just also stay healthy.
Harrison becomes another in a line of tough safeties to play in Jacksonville. The intensity that has learned at Alabama is still a work in progress here in Jacksonville. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash needs him to help make his teammates better as well.
If he can do that, he could win a trip to Sin City.