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Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/30/2018.


Jacksonville Jaguars Free Agency Recap


The Jaguars signed Andrew Norwell at left guard. Jacksonville also added Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a starting tight end. Donte Moncrief got added as a wide receiver.



Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Recap


The Jaguars got two starters. Their second round pick D.J. Chark out of LSU and their seventh round pick Leon Jacobs out of Wisconsin is beating out Blair Brown for the starting 4-3 left outside linebacker job.




Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Summary: Blake Bortles did well enough to get a contract extension after getting the Jacksonville Jaguars to the 2018 AFC Championship in his fourth season.


Nathaniel Hackett was a quarterbacks coach until week 9 of last year where he took over for Greg Olson only to see the team rise improving offensively in numerous categories down the stretch. Hackett has said this will be a more run first team like in Buffalo, but I also see Bortles balancing that out well. Hackett did a good job as the Jaguars offensive coordinator.


Scott Milanovich is Jacksonville's quarterbacks coach. Milanovich did well as the quarterbacks coach last year and returns to that position this season.


Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Summary: Leonard Fournette will continue to carry this backfield. T.J. Yeldon compliments Fournette well. Tyrone Wheatley did well in his first season as the running backs coach by coaching up Leonard Fournette.


Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver Summary: Right now D.J. Chark enters the season as the number one receiver on Jacksonville's entire roster. Keelan Cole is the number two receiver. Dede Westbrook will play in the slot with Free Agent Donte Moncrief being utilized in a depth role.


Keenan McCardell did well as the wide receivers coach last year despite Allen Robinson being injured. Now McCardell has even more of an uphill battle with Chark set to be the number one target for Jacksonville.


Jacksonville Jaguars Tight End Summary: Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the starting tight end. Ron Middleton is a great tight ends coach though.


Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Line Summary: Cam Robinson did well in his first season at left tackle. Andrew Norwell was one of the Free Agents Jacksonville picked up as he will start at left guard. Jacksonville has Brandon Linder as their starting center and A.J. Cann as the starting right guard. Jeremy Parnell at right tackle does concern me, but he played much better in 2016 showing a lot of promise at times by extending time in the pocket for Blake Bortles.


Doug Marone is a great offensive line coach. Pat Flaherty did really well as the Jaguars offensive line coach in his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


The Jaguars can be a top 15 offense in points scored and a top 15 offense in total yards per game. Jacksonville can be a top 25 offense in passing yards. Jacksonville can be a top 5 offense in rushing yards.



Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Line Summary: Jacksonville has Calias Campbell at 4-3 right end and Yannick Ngakoue as a 4-3 left end with Malik Jackson and Abry Jones as their starting defensive tackles. Jacksonville also has Taven Bryan as a 4-3 right end for depth along with Dante Fowler as a backup 4-3 left end spot behind Ngakoue. Bryan was a pass rushing defensive tackle at Florida. Now he will be used for depth behind Calias Campbell in Jacksonville. Jacksonville also has Marcel Dareus for depth.


Todd Wash did an awesome job rotating where he used Fowler and Jacksonville's defense set records under Wash. He wants to use Jackson and Campbell as both defensive ends and defensive tackles. Todd Wash took a lot of control bringing in Monte Kiffin to mentor him with play-calling prior to being defensive coordinator and now Wash brought in Clemson's defensive line coach Marion Hobby to mentor so Hobby can understand defensive concepts since he did an awesome job with Clemson's defensive ends and defensive tackles using them in a similar fashion that Wash did. Hobby did well in his first year under Wash. If Wash becomes a head coach, it wouldn't surprise me if Hobby jumped ship too and became the defensive coordinator.


Jacksonville Jaguars Linebacker Summary: Jacksonville has Telvin Smith at 4-3 right outside linebacker. Myles Jack is moving to 4-3 middle linebacker. Paul Posluszney retired and now Leon Jacobs a 2018 seventh round pick out of Wisconsin is replacing him. Jacobs is doing well enough to beat out Blair Brown for the starting 4-3 left outside linebacker spot.


Mark Collins did awesome as the linebackers coach. Tom Coughlin loved his blitz schemes and emphasis on turnovers as an outside linebackers coach with the Jets so he brought him in. You also got Todd Wash who can rotate these linebackers wherever he pleases. Jacksonville has a lot of good defensive coaches and one may get promoted to defensive coordinator if Wash does end up with a head coaching gig.


Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Backs Summary: Jacksonville has Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye as the starters. Barry Church is an upgrade over Jonathan Cyprien at strong safety with Tashaun Gipson back at free safety. Jacksonville added Ronnie Harrison out of Alabama as a depth player behind Barry Church in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Jacksonville may not be as deep on the secondary this year. As long as Ramsey, Bouye, Church, and Gipson stay healthy, this secondary will continue to anchor one of the leagues best pass defenses.


Perry Fewell was a former defensive coordinator on the New York Giants. He was there when Coughlin was the Giants head coach. Fewell showed he's good at developing defensive backs and considering what he did as a defesnive backs coach in Washington the last two years, this is a good hire. Fewell excelled as a defensive backs coach with this strong group of cornerbacks and safeties.


The Jaguars defense put everything together. I won't be surprised if this is a top 5 defense in sacks, points allowed, total yards allowed, passing yards allowed, and rushing yards allowed. On paper, this is arguably the NFL's best defense.



Jacksonville Jaguars Special Teams Summary: The Jaguars have great special teams. Josh Lambo took over the kicker reigns from Jason Meyers when the Chargers foolishly cut Lambo. Lambo also went 19/20 on field goals with the Jaguars last season in 2017. Punter Brad Nortman continues to show why he's one of the leagues best punter. Jacksonville needs to find a return specialist. That's really the one minor weakness this team has which keeps them from being a complete team on paper when healthy.


Joe DeCamillis is now the special teams coordinator. Mike Mallory the former special teams coordinator enters his second season as an assistant to DeCamillis.




Jacksonville Jaguars Worst Case Scenario: The Jaguars go 10-6 and miss the playoffs. The lack of weapons around Blake Bortles hinders thier playoff chances.


Jacksonville Jaguars Best Case Scenario: Jacksonville goes 12-4 and gets home field in the AFC. Doing this makes them the front runner to get to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53.


Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 2
September 16
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 3
September 23
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 4
September 30
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 5
October 7
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 6
October 14
VS
4:05 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 7
October 21
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 8
October 28
VS
9:30 AM EST
NFL Network
W
Week 9
Bye Week
Week 10
November 11
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 11
November 18
VS
8:20 PM EST
NBC
W
Week 12
November 25
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 13
December 2
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 14
December 6
AT
8:20 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 15
December 16
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 16
December 23
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 17
December 30
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L


Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 Projected Record (12-4): Jacksonville has the same defense that allowed them to dominate back. They got the top offensive lineman in Free Agency with Andrew Norwell. Expect them to have a lot of success with a balanced run first offense plus all of their coaches from last year back.


I have Jacksonville winning this division at 12-4. I have Houston finishing second in the AFC South at 9-7 with the Texans securing the first of two wild card spots. I got Indianapolis going 8-8. Tennessee 7-9. Tennessee has a lot of injuries right now plus a new coaching staff. It will take time for that staff to build chemistry with the players.


Jacksonville should get to the AFC Championship Game. I can't see them beating Pittsburgh twice in a row again, even with homefield in both games. Jacksonville had Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, and Dede Westbrook last year. Allen Robinson is gone. Jacksonville cut Hurns, and Lee is out for the entire season which really depletes their core of wide receivers. That being said, if they played New England in Jacksonville then they may be able to beat the Patriots with how thin the Patriots are at offensive tackle. Even if this team represents the AFC in Super Bowl 53, I can't see them beating someone like the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, or the Philaadelphia Eagles in the big game.









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