Over the course of 32 days (or so) I will be previewing all 32 NFL teams, followed by an overall season prediction post, leading up to the start of the 2014 season. This post is previewing the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars haven’t made the playoffs or had a winning record since the 2007 season. That’s the bad news. The good news? Their four wins last season were double their win total from 2012. So that’s progress, right? Veteran QB Chad Henne is expected to get the starting job to begin the season with last year’s opening-day starter, Blaine Gabbert, now in San Francisco and first-round draft pick Blake Bortles probably not yet ready to be the starter.
Henne starting might not be a good thing, considering he started 13 of the team’s 16 games last season and the team scored the fewest points in the league. Last year’s starting RB Maurice Jones-Drew is now on the Raiders so the Jaguars are turning to one of their free-agent signings from this offseason, Adrian Peterson’s former backup Toby Gerhart, to lead their running game. Gerhart has six career starts under his belt and none since 2011.
Entering this season, you shoudn’t expect much of an improvement for the Jags without any major offseason acquisitions other than Gerhart. Unless Bortles becomes the starter and surprises everyone right away, but that’s not likely. The team appears to have a fairly easy schedule, but that might not matter much if the offense can’t score. This may be a five-win team — maybe six — but that appears to be the absolute best you can expect from the 2014 Jaguars.