Sunday, June 30, 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview

2012 Record:  2-14

2013 NFL Draft Selections:

Round          No.         Pos.        Player                       Ht.        Wt.      Age       College
     1             2           OT          Luke Joeckel             6-6       306      21        Texas A&M
     2             33         S             Johnathan Cyprien     6-0       217      23        F.I.U.
     3             64         CB           Dwayne Gratz            5-11     201      23        Connecticut
     4*          101         WR/PR     Ace Sanders              5-7       178      21        South Carolina
     5            135         RB           Denard Robinson       6-0       197      22        Michigan
     6            169         S             Josh Evans                6-0       205      21        Florida
     7            208         CB           Jeremy Harris            6-2       185      22        N.M. State
     7*          210         CB           Demetrius McCray      6-0       185      21        Appalachian St.
Free Agency Additions:
  • WR Mohamed Massaquoi
  • CB Marcus Trufant
Offseason Storylines:
  • After the 2012 season, the Jaguars fired Head Coach Mike Mularkey after just one season.  They hired Gus Bradley, the former defensive coordinator of the Seahawks, as his replacement.  
  • With the second overall pick in the draft, the Jaguars took Offensive Tackle Luke Joeckel.
  • Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon is suspended for four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.  
2013 Strength of Schedule:  The Jaguars have the 13th toughest schedule in the league.  The combined record of their opponents in 2012 was 129-125-2.

2013 Season Outlook:
There will be a quarterback competition in training camp between Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Matt Scott, and Mike Kafka to determine the starter for the beginning of the 2013 season.  Gabbert is the leading candidate.  Gabbert has struggled, since being drafted in 2011, with a career completion percentage of 53.8%.  If he does not perform well this year, he will lose his starting job.  

The Jaguars are a struggling franchise with seven total wins in the past two seasons combined.  Considering they are in a division with the Colts and Texans, I do not expect them to be competitive this year.  

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