4 Jacksonville Jaguars with the most at stake in 2021

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Defensive end Josh Allen #41 and offensive guard Andrew Norwell #68 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /

It’s officially June, and the rebuild that the Jacksonville Jaguars have undergone under head coach Urban Meyer is beginning to take shape. There have been some bumps on the road, but the Jags are in better shape than they were earlier this year. Technically, all NFL teams should be better after free agency and the draft. However, cap restraints and bad decision-making has set a few clubs back (e.g. the Houston Texans).

Fortunately, most of the moves the Jaguars have made this offseason have been of the positive variety. They revamped their secondary and added reinforcements to their defensive front. Although they let fan-favorite wide receiver Keelan Cole walk away in free agency, they brought in Marvin Jones Jr. to take his place. Moreover, the team’s brass didn’t have to break the bank to sign the 2012 fifth-round pick.

Perhaps the Jags’ biggest acquisition — Urban Meyer notwithstanding — is Trevor Lawrence. The organization has lacked a true franchise quarterback and it seems like they finally got it. The former Tiger should be able to take advantage of all the offensive weapons he will have at his disposal in Duval.

After all the changes the team has made this offseason, it will be interesting to see how many games they win in 2021. The Jaguars are in the early stages of a rebuild, so they can’t set the bar too high but they shouldn’t settle for two or three victories either. Winning seven or eight games would constitute a successful season after losing 15 straight games in 2020. For that to happen, the Jaguars will need both their young and veteran players to step up. In particular, the stakes will be particularly high for these four in 2021.