The Jacksonville Jaguars will depend on their young core of players.
There are many reasons why the Jacksonville Jaguars’ finished the 2020 season with a 1-15. Injuries certainly had a role and the lack of talent also played a part, but even though the team needs an infusion of talent on both offense and defense, they have some solid players in place that should have a more prominent role in 2021.
Former general manager David Calwell wasn’t very good at drafting. Although he had a few hits during his eight-year tenure in Jacksonville, most of his draft selection didn’t pan out and the ones that did, such as cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue were shipped out of town. Therefore, it wasn’t surprising to see him get the booth after the Jaguars’ loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 12.
On the bright side, Caldwell’s 2020 draft class, his last one, displayed flashes of talent this past season and could arguably his best one during his time as the Jaguars’ general manager. Out of necessity, Jacksonville’s rookies played the most snaps in the NFL this past season, per Pro Football Focus. Even though the results weren’t always good, they all got plenty of experience, which position them to have a bigger role in their sophomore campaign.
Although most Jaguars’ rookies saw the field often in 2020, these five stood out the most and are poised to have a bigger role in 2020.