Can The Jacksonville Jaguars Go From Worst To First In 2017?
After finishing last in the AFC South in 2016, do the Jacksonville Jaguars have what it takes to go from worst to first in 2017?
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Despite a lack of wins, the team is not short on young stars. Jalen Ramsey has turned himself into a shutdown corner, and is quickly becoming a superstar in the league for years to come. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is proving to be a gem of a third-round draft pick, and should continue to increase his productivity. On the offensive side of the ball, Allen Robinson is still the team’s number one receiver and still a big play threat, despite an under-performing 2016 campaign.
There are obviously still reasons to be skeptical that Jacksonville can make the jump.
The most notable question mark is still the uncertainty of Blake Bortles. Bortles took a huge step back in his progression as a viable quarterback, and doubt lingers if he indeed can still be “the guy.” The team has reinforced their support of Bortles multiple times already this offseason, and have hired Scott Milanovich, former head coach of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts as quarterbacks coach, to try his hand at helping Bortles get back on the right track. Bortles must regain his confidence, and vastly improve his play, if the team is going to compete next season.
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Another major improvement needed next season is a running game that was lackluster in 2016. It starts upfront with the offensive line. Coughlin has put major emphasis on the importance of the lines on both sides of the ball. The Jaguars offensive line needs some stability and reinforcement. The team then must decide if they believe in the guys they already have in the backfield, or if they will look to free agency and the draft to bring guys in.