Jacksonville looks to have something in 2014 fifth-round pick Telvin Smith. The team also would benefit from re-signing J.T. Thomas, who moved inside when Paul Posluszny was lost for the season in Week 7. Having a healthy Posluzny back on the field will help, but the team still needs more help, particularly on the outside.
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For Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme to be successful, a lot depends on the play at safety. Josh Evans took over for Winston Guy during the season and while Evans played better, that’s still not saying much. Look for the Jaguars to address the position aggressively in the offseason.
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The NFL is a copycat league, and every team these days wants a stretch-the-field tight end. The Jaguars don’t have one. Marcedes Lewis missed eight games with an ankle sprain and only caught two TDs in the other eight games he played. He also carries a high cap number of $8.3 million, which could put him in jeopardy. In any case, an infusion of youth and talent is necessary at the position.
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The Jaguars allowed a franchise-record 71 sacks in 2014. Protecting Blake Bortles is crucial, both for his development and the team’s future success. Right Tackle is a glaring need. Look for GM Dave Caldwell to address the position in free agency. If Jacksonville wants to pay bucks for a proven veteran like Bryan Bulaga, they have more than enough cap space to do so.
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Rushing the quarterback is always at a premium in the NFL, and Jacksonville lacks an elite pass rusher. Fortunately, with the third overall pick, they figure to have their choice between Randy Gregory and Leonard Williams. As a bonus, Williams can play DT, where he can help fill in for Sen’Derrick Marks and Roy Miller, both of whom return from offseason knee surgery.