Gus Bradley’s second year as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach was the first with his franchise quarterback Blake Bortles, who took his lumps in the 13 games he started.
But the Jaguars brought in a major weapon to help Bortles and his development. Jacksonville signed former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas to a five-year contract. Thomas is a touchdown machine, scoring 12 touchdowns in each of his last two seasons. In 2014 (13 games), Thomas caught 43 passes.
The Jaguars also beefed up their offensive line, signing Jermey Parnell. On the defensive side, they signed cornerback Davon House. The Jaguars have a muddled backfield that saw Storm Johnson and Denard Robinson show some effectiveness in the second half of the season. Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman and the recently signed Bernard Pierce (cut by Baltimore Ravens), conclude the crowded backfield.
Jacksonville’s strength is their pass rush, which tied for sixth in the NFL in total sacks for the season. The Jaguars have the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and should look to add some offensive firepower into the offense. The wide receiver depth is thin, and the team still has no idea if Justin Blackmon is playing or not.
Jacksonville Jaguars tickets should remain on course with the past few regular seasons until they climb out of their mediocrity. Until Bortles proves he is the franchise quarterback the team expected when they picked him third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, the team will be hesitant to show up to games.
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The Jaguars have their pass rush set. An injection of talent in the secondary, while the offense continues to gel, is keys to the 2015 season. Jaguars can build and be a few seasons away from competing in the AFC South division.