Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 Review (High Expectations)

SportsBlenderNFL Thu, 7 Feb 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars

5-11

4th AFC South

Grade : F

There was not much that the Jaguars did well in the season of 2018-19. Jacksonville was able to pump expectations sky high in 2017-18 when the team made a semi-deep playoff run before being bounced by the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. The Jags started this season 3-1, including a win over the Patriots. This success didn’t stick around for long, and the Jags went on to lose 7 straight games from week 4 to week 10. Jacksonville was only able to scrounge out 5 wins this season, stopping all momentum that had been built in 2017-18.

The 2018-19 season was clear indication of many things in Jacksonville, one of them being that this offense needs to improve, starting at the quarterback position. Blake Bortles has never been a world beating quarterback. Bortles has made his living by properly managing football games while having a good defense. In 2018-19, he was expected to be able to produce points, something that he was unable to do. Bortles regressed this season, and had his least effective season of his short 5 year career. Bortles registered just  2,718 yards and 13 TDs, while throwing 11 INTs. This was the lowest yardage output of Bortles career, and the lowest TD total he’s had since his rookie season.

This Jacksonville team is not far off from competing again. The defense has been built in Jacksonville. Jalen Ramsey, A.J., Bouye, Calais Campbell and more have shown that they can can keep a team in a game. Moves need to be made on the offensive side of the ball. Running Back Leonard Fournette had a slumping second season. The running back out of LSU was rumored to have been overweight nearly all season, and it showed in his lackluster performance.  Jacksonville possess nearly zero aerial threats, and would benefit from an upgrade at this position as well. Look for the Jags to look to free agency as they look for pieces to build around on offense.  

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