Jacksonville Jaguars Preview 2019 – Team
Our Jacksonville Jaguars Preview 2019 sees that head coach Doug Marrone (18-19 Overall & 2-1 Postseason Jacksonville & 33-36 Overall & 2-1 Postseason), who’s in his fifth season as a NFL coach and starting his third with the Jags, has a lot of work to do. He’s brought in John DeFilippo, a 13-year vet, as the new offensive coordinator. DeFilippo was Foles’ quarterbacks coach when the Eagles won the Super Bowl two years ago. Todd Walsh, who’s been with the team for seven seasons, continues as DC.
Jacksonville – Offense
Foles, who starts his eighth year in the NFL, has never played a full season. Last year, in five games, he completed 72.3% of his passes for seven TDs and four INTs. He was sacked nine times and fumbled three. In his career, Foles has completed 61.6% of his passes. The star of the receiving unit is Dede Westbrook (66 REC, 717 YDs, 10.9 AVG, 5 TDs). With WR Donte Moncrief gone, Marquise Lee (56 REC, 702 YDs, 12.5 AVG, 3 TDs) will need to step up. RB Leonard Fournette (133 ATT, 439 YDs, 3.3 AVG, 5 TDs), who played just eight games last season, needs to stay healthy. The O-line sees four of five starters return. If they can stay off the IR, that will be good news. In 2018, this was the worst offensive line in the NFL.
Jaguars – Defense
The defensive line includes two dynamic ends, Calais Campbell (72 TKLs, 10.5 SCKs) and Yannick Ngakoue (9.5 SCKs). This is a solid group. The linebacking unit sees Quincy Williams (Murray State), a third-round pick, get a chance as he starts at WLB. MLB Myles Jack (107 TKLs) is a workhorse. Corner Jalen Ramsey (3 INTs) is a top cover man, while A.J. Bouye (1 INT) attempts to return to his 2017 form when he snared six picks. Safety Jarrod Wilson, who’s in his fourth season, steps into a starting role, while safety Ronnie Harrison, who started last season as a rookie, resumes his role for a second season.
Placekicker Josh Lambo (19-20 XP, 19-21 FG) was 4-5 from 50-plus yards, including a 57-yarder. He’s back as is punter Logan Cooke. Cooke, who was drafted in round seven last year, averaged 45 yards per punt and netted 41.3 YPP. He placed 43.02% of his punts within the 20. D.J. Chark averaged 26.6 YPR on kickoffs, while Dede Westbrook was good for a NFL fourth-best 14.0 yards per punt return. Also, our Jacksonville Jaguars Preview 2019 finds that reliable and efficient long snapper Matt Overton returns.
Jacksonville Jaguars Preview 2019 – Prediction
How will these Jags do? They don’t have the toughest schedule, but they do have to face Kansas City in week one and the next week Houston. Carolina and the LA Chargers are also on the schedule. Our Jacksonville Jaguars Preview 2019 notes that Foles could be a major factor this season. Still, his receiving group is not as strong as one would like. The defense will be sure, and that will help.
- Quarterbacks – 7.6
- Running Backs – 7.0
- Receivers – 6.2
- Offensive Linemen – 6.3
- Defensive Linemen – 8.4
- Linebackers – 7.3
- Secondary – 7.4
- Special Teams – 7.9
- Coaching – 7.6
AFC South Jacksonville Jaguars Preview 2019 – Projection
Jacksonville Jaguars Fourth in AFC South