TDT NFL Power Rankings No. 27: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are a team with plenty potential, but they haven't been able to live up to it.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams last season, having gone 3-13 after being dubbed one of the potential surprise teams heading into the season. So Gus Bradley is out and Doug Marrone is in. The Jags have a roster full of young talent, but it’s just a matter of that talent coming together. They failed to do so last year, but maybe a new direction will be good for them.
What I Like: The Jaguars roster is like a youth movement and I love it. You have Blake Bortles, Leonard Fournette, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns on offense. Then, on defense, you have Dante Fowler, Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey and the newly-acquired A.J. Bouye. I keep saying it, but the potential is there. Now they have to realize it.
What I Hate: Jacksonville needs to shake things up on special teams. They were pretty awful a year ago in multiple areas. They committed 30 penalties on special teams alone. They gave up way to many return yards and they lost the field position battle more often than not. They brought in some new names, but they will have to be pretty great to improve this unit.
Offensive MVP: RB Leonard Fournette The Jaguars selected Fournette at No. 4 overall for a reason. He broke multiple records during his time at LSU. He’s a physical runner and is built like the kind of player who can withstand a heavy workload. That’s exactly what he will have to do for this offense to flourish. If he can stay on the field for the duration of the season, I would not be surprised at all if Fournette wins Rookie of the Year in 2017-18.
Defensive MVP: CB A.J. Bouye Bouye had a breakout season with the Texans in 2016 and now he is joining their division rivals. He and Jalen Ramsey are going to form one of the most talented young cornerback tandems in the league. Bouye certainly has what it takes to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL and I expect him to continue to prove that in the upcoming season.
Season Outlook: I wouldn’t be shocked if the Jaguars were able to get to the cusp of an AFC Wild Card spot based on the talent they have. I also wouldn’t be shocked to see them repeat their efforts from a year ago because of their lack of heart and consistency. They’re standing in their own way at this point. I don’t know if Blake Bortles is going to progress this year, but he’ll need to if they want to be competitive. This team will be exciting to watch, but they still aren’t ready to be a winning football team.
6-12, 4th in AFC South