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NFL Report Card: Jacksonville Jaguars

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Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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The Jaguars are a young team that has the potential to be great. Unfortunately, they are not great just yet; They finished the season with a 5-11 record. This offense would show flashes of brilliance, but then would snap the ball over Bortles’ head, or something along those lines. There is young talent all over this offense, but that talent is especially shown at the wide receiver position. 22-year-old Allen Robinson finished thefg season with 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns while 24-year-old Allen Hurns finished with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Each of the two Allens also finished with an 80+ yard touchdown, which shows how explosive this offense really can be. The key is consistency, but that should come with more experience.

The defense really took a hit when the #3 overall pick, Dante Fowler Jr., tore his ACL as soon as practices begun. This left a huge hole in the defense that never was filled. The defense ended up being a little below average in most categories, and this was mostly due to the lack of a pass rush. Opposing quarterbacks had a lot of time, which allowed them to exploit the match-ups with the Jaguars’ secondary. One category they were not average in was points allowed. They finished the season second-worst in this category with 28 points allowed per game.

Final Grade: D+

 

Biggest Off-Season Need?

The Jaguars have had a terrific start to the off-season by addressing what I felt was their top three needs: defensive end (Malik Jackson), free safety (Tashaun Gipson), and cornerback (Prince Amukamara). With the addition of those three, plus a healthy Dante Fowler Jr., this defense should be much improved. They now must shift their attention to the offensive side of the ball and get more help on the offensive line. The spot on the line they are in need of the most is center. I would not be surprised if they brought Wisniewski back in, but addressing this need in the draft would not be a bad idea either.

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