Instead of doing Division previews I've decided instead to do individual team previews. I will be posting them in reverse order from the team I have ranked #32 to team #1.
The Jaguars still appear to be in rebuilding mode. They are doing a decent job of acquiring some nice young pieces to assemble a competitive team for the near future. There not looking for a quick fix, I think this Jaguar team will be in rebuilding mode for at least another three years or so.
Offense - The Jaguars offense begins and ends with one man, MJD. Maurice Jones-Drew has been the only thing consistent in Jacksonville over the past few seasons. Last season was not a good one for Jones-Drew, he only played in six games but did average 4.8 yards per game which is about normal for him. He is in a contract year so I figure a bounce back season in in order for him, since he will want to obtain a big contract for next season. After Jones-Drew the rest of the Jaguars offense is questionable. We have a battle for the starting quarterback position between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. I expect the Jags to open the season with Gabbert as there starter. He is nothing spectacular by any means but I do believe he is a notch better that Henne. This is definitely a weak spot for the Jags. The receiving core is good, however I consider them questionable just because of the quarterbacks throwing the ball to them. Justin Blackmon looks like he will be a top 20 receiver in the near future but he faces a four game suspension to start the season. Cecil Shorts had an excellent season last year considering the shaky play of the Jags quarterbacks. Mohamed Massaquoi and Jordan Shiply round out the top four receivers on the Jags but are nothing special. Mercedes Lewis is a decent receiver at the tight end position but once again has nobody to get him the ball. The Line is average. Luke Joeckel was an excellent draft pick and will be a staple on the Jags line for years to come. The Jags will transition to more of a zone blocking scheme, but not much depth here if an injury happens. One Rookie who could stand out on this Jags offense is Denard Robinson. Drafted in the fifth round from the University of Michigan where he played quarterback. The Jags have invented a new position for him to play called the offensive weapon. there just looking for ways to get him on to the field as his speed could be deadly for any defense. Don't be surprised if he ends up at quarterback sometime this season since the depth at the position is so scarce.
Defense - The defense is fairly weak. A very shaky front four, the depth is there however not very good, they tried to shore up the middle by signing Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks but I view them as more of a one year option until they can draft someone to play along side Tyson Alualu. They had a very week Pass rush and did nothing to really address this problem and I expect the pas rush to be just as bad this season. The linebackers, with the exception of Paul Posluszny they are horrible. They did sign Geno Hayes but again I view him as more of a one year option untill they can draft someone to fill out the line backing core. If this unit is to be anything decent the need Greg Jones to step up big time. The secondary is just as bad as any unit here. Derek Cox and Rashean Mathis left in free agency and only one starter remains from this unit last season. They did sign Marcus Trufant who is not the player he used to be but his experience will help to groom the young players drafted to play in the secondary, Dwayne Gratz and Jonathan Cyprien who should start immediately. Overall this defense as a whole needs a lot of work to become anything relevant. Special teams may be the only positive thing on this Jags team. Bryan Anger and Josh Scobee are a solid punter/kicker combo and I expect Robinson to be returning punts and kickoffs and he could be the NFL's next special teams star with his speed.
All in all i give the Jags a ranking of 32. They have too much uncertanity at too many possitions to be relevant this year, and their draft picks were solid however they did not address as many needs in the draft as they should have.