NFL Update: The Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
The Jaguars Must Take Baby Steps In 2014
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2013 Recap: The Jacksonville Jaguars finished 4-12, missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season. About the only thing positive with the Jaguars season is that they doubled their win total from 2013. Other than that, the Jaguars has the 31st worst rushing offense, had no consistent quarterback, a defense that ranked 29th against the run and opened the season with eight straight losses. Simply put: The Jaguars proved they have a long way to go if they’re going to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Key Losses: Of course, the biggest loss for the Jags by far was losing running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew was the biggest star in Jacksonville, as he played eight seasons with the franchise, racking up more than 8,000 rushing yards and 79 total touchdowns. Other than that loss, the Jaguars did a nice job of keeping the team intact. Still, Jones-Drew will be missed, as he was really the only star on the team for several years.
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Key Additions: The only real signing for the Jaguars came with the addition of defensive end Chris Clemons. A nine-year veteran, who spent his last four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Clemons has 58 career sacks and 15 forced fumbles. He’s certainly a playmaker that the Jaguars need defensively to help turn this franchise around.
Draft: You can’t help but question the selection of quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall pick. Bortles likely isn’t going to start right away and there were certainly better players on the board in that spot. Other than that selection, I really like what the Jags did, especially with the selection of Marqise Lee and Storm Johnson. Lee was my favorite receiver in the draft and Johnson is a tough runner who could see immediate playing time in a struggling backfield. Wide receiver Allen Robinson out of Penn State is also no slouch. Solid, solid draft overall for Jacksonville.
2014 Outlook, So Far: It’s going to take a while before the Jaguars become relevant. I mean, Chad Henne is the projected starting quarterback. Do I really need to say anymore? The Jaguars aren’t going to make playoffs, but they are a team that can make you money this season due to the likely high spreads we’re going to see again. Jacksonville isn’t as bad as it was last season, but that’s certainly not saying much. I’d say six wins would be considered a success. Baby steps.
Sept. 7 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1
Sept. 14 at Washington Redskins, 1
Sept. 21 Indianapolis Colts, 1
Sept. 28 at San Diego Chargers, 4:05
Oct. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Oct. 12 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Oct. 19 Cleveland Browns, 1
Oct. 26 Miami Dolphins, 1
Nov. 2 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Nov. 9 Dallas Cowboys (London), 1
Nov. 16 BYE
Nov. 23 at Indianapolis Colts, 1
Nov. 30 New York Giants, 1
Dec. 7 Houston Texans, 1
Dec. 14 at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Dec. 18 Tennessee Titans (Thu), 8:25
Dec. 28 at Houston Texans, 1