The Jacksonville Jaguars are facing an undesired but necessary rebuild in 2021. It might not be what they wanted, but it’s what they needed. They are operating under a new regime and have all of the resources they need to support this rebuild. While there is a lot to fix regarding this team, the Jaguars can’t ignore the few foundational pieces they currently have.
Three players give the Jaguars a good foundation to build on…
Linebacker Myles Jack
Myles Jack continues to play exceptional football at a high level for the Jaguars. He’s continuously proven to be a leader on and off the field with his preparation, hard work, and dedication. This past offseason, Jack moved to weakside linebacker when the Jaguars brought in middle linebacker Joe Schobert in free agency. New linebackers coach Charlie Strong stated in his introductory press conference that he believes Jack and Schobert can become a staple in Jacksonville’s defense going forward.
Running back James Robinson
The Jaguars have unexpectedly found a gem at running back in James Robinson and he broke multiple rookie records along the way. Aside from adding backup depth, Jacksonville is set at running back for the foreseeable future. It’s incredible to think what Robinson achieved during his rookie year considering the offensive line was falling apart.
The Jaguars have to prioritize building the offensive line this offseason in order to protect the incoming quarterback and give Robinson proper running lanes. It will be interesting to see how new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will design the run game to complement Robinson’s skill set.
Wide receiver D.J. Chark, Jr.
Jacksonville has found a good receiver in D.J. Chark Jr., even though his stats took a bit of a hit this past season. But that’s not his fault. They just need a quarterback who can throw him the ball and an offense that has a good system in place. Darrell Bevell did a good job at working with and developing underrated receivers in Seattle and he has a chance to do that in Jacksonville.