|Date & Time||Monday June 29, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Jacksonville Jaguars can only go up after finishing 3-13 last season and winning just nine games in their last three years.
Here are how the Jaguars look heading into the 2015 season.
Key Player Losses: Offensively, the Jags lost running back Jordan Todman who averaged 5.8 yards per carry on 32 touches and star wide receiver Cecil Shorts III who had 176 receptions in four seasons with the franchise. Other than that, Jacksonville did a good job of keeping its young core together. Defensively, the Jaguars lost one of their top tacklers in J.T. Thomas to the New York Giants, and Geno Hayes remains a free agent after 51 tackles and a forced fumble last season. Besides those two guys, Jacksonville’s defense remains intact.
Key Player Additions: The Jaguars hope to give their offense a jolt of energy with the additions of running back Bernard Pierce and tight end Julius Thomas. Thomas has caught 24 touchdowns in three seasons and Pierce has topped 1,300 rushing yards in very limited playing time. The Jaguars also added some nice pieces on defense with Jared Odrick, Davon House and Dan Skuta. Odrick was a great defensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins for five seasons, House had more than 70 tackles his last two seasons with the Green Bay Packers and Skuta played well in a limited role with the 49ers. All three guys will see big time roles with the Jags.
Draft: The Jaguars got themselves a game changer on the defensive side of the ball in Dante Fowler Jr. (although he tore his ACL in camp.) T.J. Yeldon has a chance to be a great running back with his speed and playmaking ability. Rashad Greene is a tough and sure handed wide receiver and A.J. Cann is a terrific run blocker who should eventually work his way into the rotation. I really like some of the Jaguars selections and think they will only add to a very young team that is slowly moving in the right direction.
2015 Outlook: I like what the Jaguars are doing, as they’re building through the draft and have a lot of promising talent that should come together at some point. The one thing helping Jacksonville is that the AFC South is wide open when you’re not including the Colts. The things hurting the Jaguars is that the quarterback position is still a question mark and the rest of the team is still very young. I'll just say that the Jags will win more than three games, which has to count as an improvement, right?
Jacksonville Jaguars 2015 Schedule:
Sept. 13 Carolina Panthers, 1
Sept. 20 Miami Dolphins, 4:05
Sept. 27 at New England Patriots, 1
Oct. 4 at Indianapolis Colts, 1
Oct. 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1
Oct. 18 Houston Texans, 1
Oct. 25 Buffalo Bills (London), 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 1 BYE
Nov. 8 at New York Jets, 1
Nov. 15 at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Nov. 19 Tennessee Titans (Thu), 8:25
Nov. 29 San Diego Chargers, 1
Dec. 6 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Dec. 13 Indianapolis Colts, 1
Dec. 20 Atlanta Falcons, 1
Dec. 27 at New Orleans Saints, 1
Jan. 3 at Houston Texans, 1