Key Additions: Alfred Blue, Chris Conley, Benny Cunningham, Nick Foles, Cedric Ogbuehi, Thomas Rawls, Jawaan Taylor, Josh Allen, Quincy Williams, Jake Ryan
Key Returns: A.J.Cann, James O’Shaughnessy
Key Departures: Blake Bortles, Tashaun Gipson, Malik Jackson, Donte Moncrief, Jermey Parnell, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TJ Yeldon
|Week 1||Sept. 9th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15th 1:00 PM ET||@ Houston Texans (CBS)|
|Week 3||Sept. 19th 8:20 PM ET||vs. Tennessee Titans (NFL)|
|Week 4||Sept. 29th 4:25 PM ET||@ Denver Broncos (CBS)|
|Week 5||Oct. 6th 1:00 PM ET||@ Carolina Panthers (CBS)|
|Week 6||Oct. 13th 1:00 PM ET||vs. New Orleans Saints (CBS)|
|Week 7||Oct. 20th 1:00 PM ET||@ Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)|
|Week 8||Oct. 27th 1:00 PM ET||vs. New York Jets (CBS)|
|Week 9||Nov. 3rd 9:30 AM ET||vs. Houston Texans (NFL)|
|Week 10||Bye Week|
|Week 11||Nov. 17th 1:00 PM ET||@ Indianapolis Colts (CBS)|
|Week 12||Nov. 24th 4:05 PM ET||@ Tennessee Titans (CBS)|
|Week 13||Dec. 1st 1:00 PM ET||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)|
|Week 14||Dec. 8th 4:05 PM ET||vs. Los Angeles Chargers (FOX)|
|Week 15||Dec. 15th 4:05 PM ET||@ Oakland Raiders (CBS)|
|Week 16||Dec. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||@ Atlanta Falcons (FOX)|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Indianapolis Colts (CBS)|
After the 2017 season, the Jaguars entered the 2018 campaign with high hopes to go further and reach there first ever Super Bowl. Those expectations quickly fizzled as 2018 saw those hopes dashed after a 7-game losing streak on the road and finished 5-11. The 2018 season saw the end of the Blake Bortles era for Jacksonville, the former third overall pick of the 2014 draft never lived up to the hype in Jacksonville and as they cut ties with him, ownership brought in Super Bowl 52 MVP, Nick Foles, with the hopes he can stay in that form and lead the Jaguars. To help this transition, the Jaguars hired John DeFilippo to be the Offensive Coordinator. DeFilippo served on the Eagles staff as quarterbacks coach for their Super Bowl run.
The offense should improve with better health as Leonard Fournette missed seven games of the 2018 campaign due to injuries, which proved to be a huge blow for the Jags. With Fournette healthy, as well as the combination of Alfred Blue, Thomas Rawls, and Benny Cunningham, this should help rest for Fournette. Also on the offense, new addition Chris Conley should slide into the deep threat role as he certainly has the speed, but couldn’t catch on in Kansas City. With a fresh start and a new offense, Conley can hopefully begin reaching his potential. The offense was anemic finishing 27th in the league in total offense and 31st in scoring. Health on the offensive line as well as with Fournette will certainly help new quarterback Nick Foles.
Defensively, the team lost Malik Jackson as well as Tashaun Gipson who were salary cap casualties. The 2018 first rounder, Taven Bryan, will be looked at for a heavier workload than his one sack rookie season, especially with the departure of Jackson. On the edge, Calais Campbell as well as returning Yannick Ngakoue are nice, however, I would look at 2019 first round pick Josh Allen to contend for snaps and a starting role. Jalen Ramsey will look to continue his high-level play that has helped establish himself as one of the top corners in the league.
As for the potential outcome of the 2019 campaign, their season starts off with a difficult task against the Kansas City Chiefs. The divisional play will be tough as the other teams have continued to get better. A solid draft by the Jags, will help them be competitive, however, avoiding the season losing streaks will be key. They have key games against both Houston (one in London) as well as Indianapolis in week 17 that should prove key games in the season, however, tough battles with the Chiefs, the Broncos, and the Saints are also on the schedule before they get their bye week. The Jags should improve from their 5-11 mark last year, however, it looks as though there is still work to be done before they become dominant.