With the youngest roster in the NFL this season, can the Jacksonville Jaguars prove they can win in 2020?
Will the inexperience of the Jacksonville Jaguars become their biggest obstacle this season?
Looking over the Jaguars roster and both sides of the football, the biggest thing that jumps out to me is how young this team is and how the coaching staff will have its work cut out for them.
I’m not throwing shade at how the team has been retooled. What I am saying is this is a roster that will need time to develop. The defense has been revamped. The offense has more weapons, but there is still a need for the wider receivers, offensive line, and tight end to prove they are better on the field, not just on paper.
If youth is served, it will surprise many national writers, not to mention the local media and potential experts within TIAA Bank Field who were asked recently what the biggest question for this team to answer in 2020.
“This is a young team. Thirty players on the 90-man roster are rookies; 67 players have been in the league four seasons or less,” Jacksonville Jaguars sideline reporter Rick Ballou said. “For a second consecutive season, the Jaguars must learn a new offense – and through this pandemic they have been unable to work on this on the field.”
The average age of the Jaguars players this season is 24.53 years old which is last in the NFL. I’m not sure if that is something to be proud of, but it shows how the front office has taken this roster and modified it so there is room to grow. And with that comes plenty of growing pains for head coach Doug Marrone and his staff to work with.
While the young team was the majority of the discussion amongst the experts, there were other areas of concern heading into this season of the unknown.
The run defense is still a question, especially since Al Woods, one of the team’s bigger free agency signing, opted not to play this season because of issues related to COVID-19. Woods, a veteran from Seattle was signed to help with the porous run defense. Now coordinator Todd Wash may need to change part of his scheme, resulting in more of a 3-4 look in 2020,
“Is the run defense as improved as the Jaguars believe? Are the tight ends improved? Is the offensive line as good as the team believes? But the biggest concern for the Jaguars entering 2020 is youth,” Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser said.
“Head Coach Doug Marrone likes a lot about this team, and he likes that this young team will be hungry and eager to compete. The question if there are enough players in their prime and enough experience to execute in clutch moments. Those on paper appear to be very significant concerns.”
It hasn’t been determined if the team will seek more defensive linemen to help fill the void. Jacksonville did announce the signing of Adam Gotsis to help with a void on the team’s line. There is still a decision to be made regarding Yannick Ngakoue, whether he will be part of the team, adding help to the pass rush.